With noise-induced hearing impairment or loss growing particularly among children and young adults, hearing care for children has become a growing concern for parents.
Highlighted below are some useful tips and advice from experts for parents to help their children take good care of their hearing and avoid hearing loss and its harmful symptoms.
Educate how a noisy environment affects your hearing
Teach your kids how their activities today can affect their hearing later.
- Encourage use of hearing protection in noisy environments
- Ask your child to wear foam earplugs or decibel lowering earmuffs in case of prolonged noise exposure.
- When attending an exceptionally noisy environment, have your child wearing both for enhanced hearing protection.
Besides, it would be quite helpful to set a good example for your children by taking care of your own ears. Seeing you wearing hearing protectors wherever required, you kids will realise how important it is to protect their ears. Not only will this help your children be less resistant to hearing protectors, but it will also help protect your own hearing.
Reduce noise exposure
Noise-induced hearing loss isn’t acquired overnight. Constant or prolonged exposure to noisy environments can cause permanent damage to one’s hearing.
- Set volume limits on varied devices you children regularly use such as TV, tablet, computer, tablet, gaming system and more.
- Also, restrict the prolonged use of Mp3 players and music systems.
In case your child must use such devices frequently, do invest in quality devices that meet general safety standards.
Collaborate with school
Teachers and administrators can play a vital role in protecting children’s hearing at school.
With strategic classroom seating arrangements, closed captioning, loop systems, and hearing education, school administration can help children hear their best during the school day.
Teachers at school can also help identify signs of hearing impairment early to prevent further damage and provide the required child with optimal care.
Besides these guidelines, it is important to take not just your children but the entire family for professional hearing assessments. Some audiology facilities in Australia offer free hearing tests to help people have their hearing checked and get access to good hearing care before it’s too late.