Talking to grandchildren about hearing lossTalking to grandchildren about hearing loss Discriminately sharing information about your hearing loss and hearing aids with your grandchildren helps them understand your challenges and develop sensitivity for others. Use these kid-friendly talking points. 2017 887 Talking to grandchildren about hearing loss https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52757-Talking-to-grandchildren-about-hearing-loss
As doting grandparents, you'll do most anything to promote the health and safety of your grandchildren, right? And even though it’s highly likely that yours are the smartest, most talented and unbelievably beautiful grandchildren on the planet, you may need to explain a few things from time to time -- especially if you have hearing loss and wear hearing aids.
Before you pull up their photos on your smartphone to share with all of us, take a few minutes to read these tips for talking to your grandchildren about hearing loss and your hearing aids.
Why did you put that in your ear, grandma?
Our mothers told us not to put anything larger than our elbows in our ears and you likely told your children the same thing. Yet here you are putting a small object into your ear canal and little inquiring minds are wondering why. How do you explain hearing loss to a young child?
Hearing aid safety with children
Children are gloriously curious, which can be a blessing as well as a curse. The same intuition which helps them learn can also cause illness or injury. Although you don’t want to stifle their inquisitive nature, how do you keep your grandchildren -- and hearing devices -- from harm?
Going on vacation with your little darlings? While we all relish the memories made during extended visits with the family, traveling with children can present it’s own set of challenges when you wear hearing aids.
No doubt your grandchildren are loving, curious, active little people who enjoy spending time with you almost as much as you enjoy spending time with them. Discriminately sharing information about your hearing loss and hearing aids can help them develop an appreciation for the challenges you face with your hearing. It can also help them grow up to be sensitive to others with the same condition or a disability.
Additionally, consider how you model good hearing health habits. Keep the volume on the television and car radio low. Wear your hearing aids proudly. Show them getting help for hearing loss is easy by scheduling regular checkups with your hearing healthcare professional. By watching you, your grandchildren are more likely to develop the habits they need to keep them hearing their best for years to come.