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Verifying Hearing Aid Performance for Children

The most important factor is to ensure that you are working with a team of professionals on a regular basis. Especially with this much hearing loss, effective, active and comprehensive intervention by a variety of professional services will be needed. Well fit, binaural amplification is a major factor in order for your son to achieve the highest potential speech, language, educational and social development. At the time of fitting, your audiologist most likely used specially designed test equipment to ensure that, acoustically, the hearing aids were providing an appropriate response.

Since preschool children go through a wide range of development stages in many different areas, often it is difficult to assign progress to the functioning of the hearing aid versus general development. However, the goal of the fitting is to ensure the most appropriate sound inputs (especially speech) across a broad range of listening situations. The audiologist and other professionals working with your son will be looking to see if sound awareness, speech development and language development seem to be in line with his age and the expected auditory inputs that his hearings aids should be providing. Your audiologist has access to a variety of developmental checklists that help to gauge your sons development against other children his age. Your input is essential for the audiologist to understand how well he is developing. Careful observation of you son's responsiveness to sound, especially in more challenging environments will help the audiologist to see if the devices are provided the sort of assistance that is expected. Perhaps they will ask you to keep a journal or some other log.

It is also important that the hearing aids are functioning on a daily basis. Your audiologist may have sent you home with a listening tube or stethoscope to allow you to hear what the device is doing. It is important that you check that the device is working everyday. A surprisingly high number of children walk around everyday with hearing aids that are simply not working. Also, I am sure that you were instructed to keep up with cleaning on a daily basis. Children can be tough on hearing aids. Keeping them well maintained is crucial.

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