Helping your child get used to their hearing aids

Every year, more than 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children start using hearing aids for the first time. But what happens after that?
 


 

Your child will learn from your attitude to the hearing aids. Be positive and calm about the aids when you are talking to your child about them, and also when telling others about them. If you aren’t sure what to say, your audiologist can help.

Talking with your child

Children learn to understand and speak languages by listening and talking to you. Hearing aids make this a lot easier, but there will still be times when they don’t hear well. Everyone has trouble hearing sometimes. Getting your child’s attention, repeating yourself in different ways and finding a quiet place will help.

How to look after hearing aids

Try not to get them wet, hot, dusty or dirty. Keep them up and away from dogs: they like hearing aids. When your child takes them out at bedtime, wipe them over and check that they are working.

For more information, download this fact sheet, which contains everything you need to know about your child’s new hearing aid, including:

  • Ways to help babies or older children get used to the hearing aids

  • Tips for communicating clearly with your child

  • How to look after the hearing aids

  • Battery storage and safety recommendations

  • What to expect during follow-up checks and tests

We’re here to help you get adjusted to life with hearing aids and manage your child’s hearing loss.

Remember you can always contact your audiologist in between appointments