Early Intervention The Better
- The earlier the use of hearing instruments, the faster can children with hearing loss to catch up with other normally developed children.
- If the hearing instruments use begins post golden period of children’s speech and language development, it is more likely their hearing and speech will be significantly hindered.
When a child’s hearing loss is confirmed as permanent, the child is generally fitted with hearing aids. Hearing aids are not devices to correct hearing permanently or restore child’s hearing levels back to normal. What they can do however, is to make more sounds loud enough for the child to hear. When worn consistently daily, in addition with the right therapy or teaching support, children of any age can usually learn to use and make sense of the new sounds they hear through their hearing aids.
Assistive listening devices
Some listening situations may be more difficult for your child than others – either because of background noise, or because the sound source is too far away. Assistive listening devices can be helpful together with hearing aids in situations such as:
- listening to teacher at school
- using the telephone
- watching television
- listening to music
- travelling in the car
If your child has a hearing loss, you can do a lot to help and support him or her in everyday situations. When communicating, for example, you can help your child understand and develop speech better by keeping a few basic communication rules in mind, such as:
- keep your face in view
- speak clearly
- avoid background noise