For a lot of people who struggle with hearing and interpreting sounds, hearing aids, are their key to the outside world. When we think of hearing aids, we automatically picture an elderly man or woman wearing them. But hearing aids have come a long way. Hearing aids are available to fit almost anyone. Even children as you as a month old have been introduced to a hearing device. Before a baby leaves the hospital, their hearing is always checked. Early detection is important for a child because it's through hearing that they learn to use their motor skills correctly. If there is a hearing problem than a speech problem is sure to follow, for it is through sound we learn to sound out words correctly.
Most children, who are fitted for hearing aids, use the behind the ear devices. They are easy to adjust for a growing ear and they are custom made to fit the mold of their small ears. They are generally cheaper too.
BTE (Behind the Ear) hearing aids are equipped with an amplifier that fits behind the ear which amplifies sound waves for the child. They come in assortment of colors for children. For a child that may be self conscious about the device, they even come in skin colors for blending in. Manufacturers of hearing aids are doing what they can to accommodate the growing rate of children with hearing problems. The aids can be equipped with tamper free volume controls, so an active child doesn't have to worry about unwanted alterations in the volume.
BTE hearing aids are also classroom friendly. There is an FM transmitter that can send sound directly to the child's hearing aid. A microphone is worn by the teacher which sends sound directly to the child's hearing aid for easy hearing. This is very helpful for children with hearing problems because it allows them to hear directly from the teacher above any distracting sounds that may be coming from the classroom.
Thanks to technology hearing aids have become more accommodating for children over the years. With technology advancing hearing aids will become even more adaptable to the younger generation of users.