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Infants with hearing aids

How often will my child be seen?

The first hearing aid review appointment will be a few weeks after your child’s hearing aids are fitted. They may need to be seen every 2 to 3 months begin with.

Your child will then need regular hearing aid reviews until they reach 16 years old.

At every appointment we will create an individualised management plan for your child and family’s needs. This may include:

  • testing your child’s hearing if they are old enough to perform the test, roughly at 8 months old
  • asking you to complete a questionnaire on their hearing progress
  • checking how the hearing aids are programmed
  • re-programming the hearing aids if needed
  • checking how your child responds wearing the hearing aids
  • changing the hearing aids to different types if needed
  • referring on to other services

If your child has not been seen in the last 6 months please phone to arrange a hearing aid appointment.

 As your child grows they will require regular earmould impressions to be taken, this can be done at any hearing aid review or in our workshop in between appointments

Medical Audiology input

Our department has a specialist paediatrician who you will see at regular intervals.

The doctor will:

  • investigate why your child has a hearing loss
  • assess your child’s general development
  • facilitate support if there are additional needs

How can I help my child with their hearing aids?

  • Make sure you attend all appointments in Hearing Services, even if you have been seen in the workshop recently.
  • Bring the hearing aids to every appointment.
  • If you are unable to attend, you must call and rearrange.
  • Build up the use of the hearing aids so your child is wearing them all day, every day.
  • Report faulty hearing aids to us as soon as possible to arrange replacements.
  • Remember that we can post batteries out to you so give us a ring when your supplies are running low.
  • Report any change in ability to hear with or without the aids to us as soon as possible so that we can arrange to check your child’s hearing levels.
  • Encourage your child to lie on their back or right side whilst in bed.

When should I contact the department for help?

You should contact us if:

  • the hearing aid stops working and a replacement battery does not help
  • you lose the hearing aid
  • you notice your child’s responses to sound changes even when wearing the hearing aids
  • the hearing aid is whistling when in the ear
  • you have any other problems or questions

Hearing aid and battery safety

Keep hearing aids safe in the box provided when not in use.

Batteries can be harmful if swallowed. Keep them out of reach of young children.

Hearing aids for pre-school children are fitted with battery drawer locks.

Please dispose of used batteries safely, either at a battery recycling point or bring them back to the department.

Useful contacts

Telephone number: 0114 271 7462

  • Faulty or lost hearing aids
  • Requesting new batteries
  • Requesting new earmould impressions

Audiologist Office: 0114 271 7454

  • Advice or questions

Reception: 0114 271 7450

  • To book an appointment
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Disclaimer

Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

Resource number: AUD22

Resource Type: Article

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