Hearing Devices for Infants & Children
Once a child has been diagnosed with a permanent hearing loss they should be fit with hearing instruments as soon as possible, even if they are an infant, in order to maximize their language development skills and, ultimately, their school performance. The child’s home and academic environments are considered during the evaluation to ensure that appropriate technology is selected. Hearing Evaluation Services realizes that in order for a hearing aid fitting to be successful for a child there needs to be a close, collaborative effort between the family, school and audiologist. That is why we work closely with the family and the school to ensure that there is a continuum of care and that everyone is working together in the best interest of the child.
For a hearing aid fitting to be successful it is also imperative that the instrument is set properly for your child’s hearing loss. Hearing Evaluation Services is equipped with verification equipment called, VeriFit, which ensures that the hearing instruments are programmed appropriately with optimal volume and clarity of speech being delivered to your child. The VeriFit system provides this information objectively, which is particularly important when working with young children who are unable to provide feedback about how they’re hearing, subjectively.
Frequently, children get the most benefit from using hearing aids in conjunction with an FM system at home and/or at school. Hearing Evaluation Services works closely with your child’s school district to ensure that the hearing aids chosen can be used with an FM system at school. For more specific information see FM systems.