Maintenance of Children’s Hearing Aids
Children want to play with other children.
For both their emotional and physical health, children need to participate in various activities. It’s okay to run, play, and engage in sports with other children. But, educate your child about what can affect hearing aids—moisture, dust, and perspiration, for example. With just a little attention to these details, you’re less likely to encounter problems that can affect the long-term performance of the instruments. It is also important to pay attention to the average life of your child’s hearing aid batteries, in particular with a younger child. Your child may not be able to tell you when the batteries are empty.
A stethoset can be used by parents to perform a listening check of the hearing aids. It looks like a stethoscope used doctors. To use it, connect the hook of the hearing aid to the tube of the stethoset. Then, put the stethoset into your ears and speak. You should be able to hear your voice through the earpieces. If you detect a crackling noise or other unnatural sound, it may indicate a problem. See your hearing care professional for evaluation and possible repair.
Excess moisture is one of the most common causes of poor hearing aid performance. You should periodically check the earmolds, tubes, and hooks for signs of moisture, dirt, or dust. Excess earwax (cerumen) in the earmold can also affect the instrument’s performance. Your hearing care professional will show you and your child the procedures for checking and cleaning the hearing instruments, using a soft tissue or cloth.
If your child is old enough, you may want to consider a Siemens Aquaris™ hearing aid. It’s the only completely waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof hearing aid— perfect for teenagers and pre-teens.
Today, most hearing instruments operate with zinc-air batteries. New zinc air batteries are activated by removing the small tab covering them. Insert the new batteries into the hearing instrument(s) as instructed by your hearing care professional.
Use a battery tester to check the status of the batteries regularly. Assuming that your child is old enough, engage your child in the process of learning how to care for his or her instruments.
Rechargeable options are now available.
Some hearing aids for active kids and teens are now available as rechargeable instruments — no batteries necessary! Simply teach your child to put the hearing aids in the eCharger™ overnight and they’re good to go!
- Never allow your child to play with the batteries. They are small and can be easily swallowed. If a battery is accidentally swallowed, you should seek medical attention immediately.
- Do not allow children to place hearing instrument earmolds and batteries in their mouths. These are a choking hazard for infants and children.