Features and Styles of Hearing Aids for Kids
Hearing aids should fit children’s age-specific and ever-changing needs.
Today’s hearing aids are sophisticated, high-tech digital devices that are specifically customized for your child’s hearing loss with features such as:
- Digital programmability that allow specific adjustments to the hearing aid based on each ear’s hearing loss
- Varying degrees of power for flexibility
- Robust construction to protect the hearing aid from dust and moisture
Some features are especially useful in hearing aids for children and teens:
- A remote control can allow easy access to many of the functions of the hearing aid
- Child-safe programmable push buttons and rocker switches
- Direct audio input (DAI) using an audio shoe for use with FM/DM systems in school
- Wireless connectivity to connect with phones, computers, music players and other audio devices
- Childproof battery door and robust screw-on earhook
Selecting the best hearing instrument for your child.
A hearing care professional can help you and your child select the most appropriate hearing aid. Hearing aids come in different styles, usually defined by features and where or how the hearing aid is worn. The hearing care professional will schedule a fitting, which consists of ordering and producing earmolds, as well as fine tuning the hearing aid settings to your child’s hearing needs.
Receiver-in-Canal models (RIC) come in many sizes and styles.
RIC hearing aids utilize smaller housing that sits behind your ear, which allows for direct sound transmission into your ear. RICs are ideal for wearers who prefer a subtle solution that is powerful, technologically advanced, and discreet.
Behind-the-ear models (BTE) come in many sizes and two basic styles.
BTE hearing aids sit comfortably behind the ear and have a tube that connects the body of the hearing aid to the ear. With traditional BTE models, the receiver is located within the body of the hearing aid and sound is brought into the ear through a tube connected to an earmold.
Custom-made in-the-ear hearing aids (ITE) come in many shapes and styles.
Depending on hearing impairment, needs, and preferences, a hearing care professional may recommend ITE hearing aids for a teen. They are usually not recommended for infants and young children because their amplification does not cover profound hearing loss, and they do not allow much ventilation or open fittings, and they are not compatible with FM systems used in schools.