Socialising with a hearing loss can be a daunting experience for children but with these tips we’ve compiled, you can help them face their fears head on.
Having a hearing loss can be a great social icebreaker. Being candid and honest will relieve the initial stress felt by your child and even adding some humour if appropriate will help keep it light. Ensuring they’re comfortable with their loss will put them and other children at ease.
Location, location, location
Get creative with fun play dates! Playing in the park is a great way to get outdoors and is hearing-loss friendly. Alternatively, if your child prefers to stay home, playing board games is an old-school way for your child to socialise in a familiar environment. If your child goes to a party, help them hunt out the best positions for them to handle the varying levels of noise.
Explain the best ways to communicate
If your child has a better hearing side, tell them to let others know their preferred side and make sure they speak to them on this side. They can also ask people to face them when speaking so they can lip- read and see visual cues. Tell them to explain their loss and how they struggle to hear in noisy environments, instead of shutting the conversation down and isolating themselves.
Tell them to embrace their hearing loss; it makes them unique and it’s important to be confident! Help your child build their self- esteem by telling others how to best communicate with them. Don’t let hearing loss get in the way of them living their best life.