5 Essential Things Parents With Children Navigating Hearing Loss Need to Know
April 15, 2024

Finding out your young one has hearing loss can feel like you’ve been tossed in the deep end without a life jacket on. 

You’re not just a caregiver; you’re a guide, teacher and the biggest cheerleader for your child’s new adventure.

But with as many as 5 per 1000 children suffering from hearing loss, you’re certainly not alone, and the good news is there’s an abundance of support out there for you.

This blog has been put together to give you a little helping hand in understanding and empowering your child through their hearing journey. Let’s dive into the 5 essential things you need to know.

Catch It Early, Act Swiftly

The earlier you identify and address hearing loss, the better the outcomes for your child’s language, social skills and education. 

Think about it like giving your child a head start in a race. Early intervention does just that.

As soon as you start seeing the signs of hearing loss in your child, taking action will ensure that your child continues developing alongside their peers and doesn’t start to feel left behind in the classroom, playground and in their every day.

The ABC’s of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss comes in different forms.

From conductive (related to the ear’s ability to conduct sound) to sensorineural (related to nerve damage) and other forms as well. 

Identifying the type your child experiences guides your approach, from medical interventions to selecting the right hearing aid. It’s like having the correct key for a lock, opening up a world of clearer sound for your child.

Selecting the Right Hearing Aid

Choosing a hearing aid is more than finding a device; it’s about finding a companion that your child feels comfortable with and can rely on to help in their learning, socializing and interacting with the world.

Look for features that cater to their needs, lifestyle and comfort. 

Models like the Atom 2 Series make a perfect first hearing aid for any child due to them being one of the smallest out there for their quality, perfect for little ears. 

They’re also durable, comfortable and easy to use, ensuring your child can engage in the world around them with confidence.

Creating an Empowering Environment

Both at home and school, your child deserves an environment where they can thrive. 

Advocate for educational accommodations and strive to make your home a place where communication is accessible and encouraged. 

It’s about ensuring they have the same opportunity to learn and grow as any other child.

Fostering Confidence and Independence

It’s important for children with hearing loss to feel confident in their identity. 

Encourage them to see their hearing aids as a tool of empowerment, not a limitation. 

Promote open conversations about hearing loss and support their independence, helping them see their unique abilities as a strength.

Give Them The Chance They Deserve

As a parent, you play a vital role in your child’s hearing journey. With the right support, technology and approach, your child can navigate the world with confidence.

Remember, every challenge is an opportunity for growth, for both you and your child. 

Help Them Hear Like A Superhero

Explore the Audien Atom 2 Series and join a community dedicated to providing children with the gift of clear hearing. Together we can ensure your child experiences every beautiful sound and experience life has to offer.

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Drew Sutton M.D.

Drew Sutton, MD is a board-certified otolaryngologist. He has extensive experience and training in sinus and respiratory diseases, ear and skull base surgery, and pulmonary disorders. He has served as a Clinical Instructor at Grady Hospital Emory University for more than 12 years.

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