Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How to Make a Hearing Aid More Child-Friendly


One of the best things about a hearing aid is the fact that it is created in such a way that even children can benefit from it. However, because of peer pressure, low self-esteem, and the bullying threat they face every day, wearing one of these devices proves difficult.
One of the ways you can make your child feel more accepted with their hearing aid is to let them know the benefits and how it can help them enjoy things like being around their friends. Most kids want to fit in and be accepted. At school, pizza parties, during recess, or even while they're at a slumber party, people are constantly conversing, chatting, or even playing games. In order to feel like they belong, they are going to want to hear what is going on without having to struggle or miss out on something that their friends might have said. If this happens, they would have to keep asking people to repeat themselves, which can cause aggravation.
Another way to help your child is to allow them to have fun with their hearing aid. These devices don't just come in the brownish or tan color that most people are used to seeing. There are several different colors like red, blue, green and even pink. There are even different designs like polka dots, stripes or squares. So, if you allow them to pick their favorite color or some designs that they like, it will make them more likely to want to wear it instead of it being something that they dread putting on.
The last way that you can make your child feel more accepted with their hearing aid is by making sure that you always work to make them feel accepted. Don't focus on their issue. Don't always make comments to them about their not being able to hear or don't make them feel like they are aggravating you if they ask you to repeat yourself. Focus on them as a person or the good things that they do. Children have enough to deal with at school, worrying about people teasing and bullying them is more than enough pressure. They shouldn't have to deal with the same type of issue when they go home.
Children can be extremely sensitive creatures. So, as a parent one of the things you want to do is make sure you always do your best to make them feel good about themselves. So, when it comes to wearing a hearing aid, there are several different things you can do to make your child feel like less of an outcast.