Are there hearing aids made specifically for children?

The majority of major hearing aid manufacturers do offer hearing aid styles specifically for children. These hearing aids contain features that are not only necessary for a child to hear optimally for speech development but also provide ease of use for caregivers and the child themselves. In addition the physical size of the hearing aids is often smaller and more appropriate for children as well.

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Visual indicator on Safari hearing aids provides peace of mind the hearing aids are on and working

One example of child hearing aids is the Oticon Safari. The Safari hearing aids have an extra bandwidth, meaning the technology amplifies higher pitches so children are sure to hear high-pitched consonant sounds such as "s", "f" and "sh". This makes it easier for children to hear and understand words, and can also improve their own pronunciation of words once they begin talking.

Safari hearing aids also are small, lightweight and ergonomic in design which allows it to fit snugly behind the child's ear ensuring the hearing aid stays in place no matter how active the child is. For parents the Safari provides assurance the hearing aids are on and working by a blinking LED light on the outside of the hearing aid.

To determine the best hearing aid style for your child and their hearing loss, work closely with a pediatric audiologist. To find a pediatric audiologist near you and learn more about hearing aids for children, visit Healthy Hearing's Find a Hearing Professional section.

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