The child’s environment and social life

Well-developed listening skills are important – not only for your child’s language development but also for your child’s social skills. Wearing hearing aids is important for social success, but some children reject their hearing aids for social reasons. Due to fear of lack of acceptance and visual appearance in social groups.

Supporting your child’s social skills

Children with hearing loss are most often able to interact socially on equal terms with children without hearing impairment. Your child’s ability to develop social skills will depend upon their age, degree of hearing loss, time of diagnosis, treatment, and of course, personality.

Some children with hearing loss may feel left out because they do not always recognise subtle cues or a person asking for attention, and are consequently unable to respond with appropriate behavioural adjustments. That’s why the correct hearing aids, tools and techniques are important - but it’s also important that people around your child are trained and learn how to communicate.

“What are those things on your ears?”

All children want to fit in and be an accepted member of a social group – almost at any cost. For some children, a way of trying to fit in is to take off their hearing aids and “fake” that they are able to understand what is going on.

Your child might try to reject or minimise their use of hearing aids in order to “fit in” with their peers who do not wear hearing aids. They might also find it difficult to ask for help at school because they do not want to draw attention to themselves. As your child grows it is natural that they will listen more and more to their peers and start to question what you say. As parents we cannot protect our children from hurtful situations. But we can acknowledge their feelings, reassure them that they are doing well and convince them that wearing hearing aids is important - all the time. Encouraging your child to wear hearing aids with BrainHearingTM technology can support your child’s acceptance of wearing hearing aids due to the great benefits from stimulating the brain to learn to distinguish sounds and recognise speech.

Practise responses

Give your child some ideas as to phrases they can use when responding to questions or comments about their hearing aids. Engage other family members to discuss solutions to different socialising issues in a relaxed way.

Introduce to other users

Your child will benefit from meeting with other hearing aid users with whom they can share experiences and support each other. Ask your community or hearing care professional for help. This could also include social media groups and blogs.

Empower your child

Encouraging your child to take responsibility for managing their hearing loss is key to motivating them to wear their hearing aids. Involve them in caring for their equipment and teach them self-advocacy.

Educate others

Invite your child’s friends over to your home and let them ask questions. You can also talk to the teacher about having “hearing” as a theme at school or inviting a hearing care professional to come and talk about hearing impairment.

Socialising – large gatherings

Social activities, such as family dinners, parties and large gatherings, can often be very challenging and tiring for a child with hearing loss. Hearing aids with BrainHearing technology can help your child to distinguish speech from background noise, focus on what is being said, and not least, avoid annoying feedback during hugs.

Going to school

At school, children’s ability to concentrate is challenged not only by the information they get from the teacher, but also by background noise and the acoustics of the classroom. For a child with hearing loss, the challenge is much greater.

Even with hearing aids, speech can sometimes be difficult to catch in a busy classroom. FM technology is designed to help children with hearing loss and normal hearing children with listening difficulties overcome the effects of distance and noise, so they can catch as much of the teacher’s voice as possible. With an FM system, the teacher wears a microphone to capture their voice, and the speech signal is then sent directly to the child’s ear. Flexible, high-performance FM solutions not only help with understanding the teacher loud and clear, but also classmates, audio from interactive whiteboards and other audio equipment in the classroom.

Connecting to the wider world

Children use digital devices for many aspects of life. They video chat with family, speak on their phones, follow media presentations at school, listen to music, watch TV, and play computer games – to a name just a few.

To help your child connect to the digital world, ask your hearing care professional to introduce you to ConnectClip. This versatile microphone accessory enables hands-free calls and stereo audio streaming, and it's a remote microphone. With this single wireless device, you can help your child get on the same wavelength as their peers.

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