Hearing aids are vital in developing your baby’s abilit y to listen and speak. The aim is for your baby to wear hearing aids for all their waking hours, as soon as possible. It takes a while for some babies to get used to their hearing aids, but with encouragement and perseverance, they will become a normal part of your baby’s life. It’s important to increase the use of hearing aids as your baby develops.
Check the hearing aids every day
It’s important to check your baby’s hearing aids daily as it is the only way to know if they are working properly. This is a routine you will need to continue until your child is old enough to tell you if something is wrong with the aids. Your audiologist will show you how to check the hearing aids. Most people need to be shown a few times before they feel confident. Your audiologist will be happy to review the procedure with you as often you like.
Day to day use of hearing aids from zero to six months
The hearing aid may produce a whistling sound when your baby is lying down or leaning. This is called acoustic feedback and is a common problem for newborns. It happens because the ears are small and soft and your baby spends a lot of time with their ear pressed against a surface, such as when sleeping or feeding.
You can reduce feedback by using a lubricant. Your audiologist can recommend a lubricant suitable for hearing aids. Young babies may need new earmoulds every few weeks to reduce the feedback. Try to use the hearing aids as much as you can, in ways that still allow you to enjoy spending time with your baby. It helps if you can make wearing the hearing aids part of your baby’s routine.