How can I help my daughter be confident in explaining her hearing aids to other children? [Read More...]
Question: How can I help my daughter be confident in explaining her hearing aids to other children? She is four years old now, and I worry about how to handle this when she starts kindergarten.
Planning for your daughter’s transition to school is important, and it is wonderful that you are thinking ahead. As your daughter begins to learn how to advocate for herself, feeling confident about her hearing and hearing aids will help. Children learn much from their parents, so it would be helpful to consider how you feel about her hearing aids and how you react. Being matter of fact about her hearing, and answering questions if other children ask can help reduce attention that is focused on her hearing aids. Some parents have found it helpful to have their child make a video to teach the other children about their hearing aids. In the video, your daughter can show her classmates what the hearing aids look like, tell them why she wears them, and ask for their help, for example, in not getting them wet. The Ida Institute developed resources to help parents and children with transition times; the resources on their website may be helpful as you and your daughter prepare for her transition to school.
My son is 10 months old and is in daycare four days a week. When I pick him up, he usually doesn’t have his hearing aids on. [Read More...]
Question: My son is 10 months old and is in daycare four days a week. When I pick him up, he usually doesn’t have his hearing aids on. I keep telling them he needs to wear the hearing aids but nothing has changed. What else can I do?
Answer: It sounds like you are doing a wonderful job advocating for your son’s needs. That can be challenging because the people you rely on are likely unfamiliar with hearing aids and hearing loss. You may want to consider using a couple of approaches to help you with your current situation. First, you can have your son wear a thin cotton cap when he is at the daycare. Hannah Anderson pilot caps work well for young children. This will keep him from taking the hearing aids off, and allow him to still hear. Second, showing the daycare providers the Hearing Aid Use tutorial on our website may help them better understand so they can support his hearing needs when he is at daycare.