Following Diagnosis Hearing aids

Hearing aids are the most common device fitted to children with a hearing loss. Hearing aids do not cure hearing loss – they simply amplify sounds so they can be heard. The hearing aids are individually programmed for each ear, based on the child’s hearing threshold. They are very effective for children with mild to moderate hearing loss. Babies are mostly fitted with behind-the-ear style hearing aids.

Roll over the picture below to see a description each part of a hearing aid.

<strong class='heading'>Microphone</strong> The microphone captures sound. <strong class='heading'>Program button</strong> The program button allows the user to choose between settings for different environments. <strong class='heading'>Volume control</strong> The volume control adjusts the level of sound. <strong class='heading'>Battery compartment</strong> The battery compartment stores the hearing aid’s battery. <strong class='heading'>Ear hook</strong> The ear hook fits over the child’s ear and transmits the amplified sound to the ear mould, via the tubing. <strong class='heading'>Ear mould</strong> The ear mould fits inside the child’s ear and transmits the amplified sound into the ear.

How do hearing aids work?

  1. The microphone captures sound.
  2. The sound is processed and amplified to the level that will best suit the child’s hearing ability.
  3. The amplified sound is sent along the ear hook and tubing, through the ear mould and finally into the child’s ear.

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