Tips to Help Children Develop Healthy Hearing Habits

While parents tend to get their children’s teeth and eyes on a regular basis to ensure good dental health and eyesight, hearing is often overlooked as a health concern.

However, hearing has a significant role to play in the development of your child’s language, learning and speaking skills.

Here are a few things you can do to develop good hearing habits and promote good hearing health in your children.

Choose hearing-friendly toys

There are a variety of toys that whistle, play loud music and make sounds. While the noise of most of these toys is harmless, some are simply annoying and can harm your child’s hearing with exceptionally high noise levels.

  • Beware of toys louder than 85 decibels.
  • You can check a toy’s ear-friendliness using a sound level metre.
  • You can also determine sound levels of a toy by holding it 12 inches from your ears. If you flinch, the toy is too loud and unsafe for your child’s hearing.

Lower the volume everywhere

Your little one’s ears are exposed to a variety of sounds and noises every day from the TV, radio, computer, music player, traffic, ringing doorbell, ringing phone, screaming siblings and their own sound or music-based toys.

  • Adjust the volume for all devices at half of their maximum setting.
  • Get your child used to listening or playing their devices at a low volume even in a noisy environment.
  • Limit the volume and usage time on your kids’ headphones and music player.

Encourage the use of hearing protectors

Protecting your child’s hearing doesn’t necessarily mean to restrict them from attending music concerts, shows and shooting events that promote loud noise and have loud environments.

Rather, you can ask your children to wear noise-dampening earphones, earplugs or earmuffs while they are in a significantly noisy environment.

  • Start young to get your child make this a habit.
  • You can set examples by using hearing correction device yourself.
  • Explain them how using hearing protection can help them enjoy the sounds they like while protecting their ears.

The Bottom Line

Your child’s hearing health is as important as their dental health and oral hygiene. Start young and create awareness about hearing problems, specifically noise-induced hearing loss while encouraging your child to develop habits that promote hearing health in your children.

Furthermore, get your child’ hearing tested early to make sure they get proper care and treatment in case diagnosed with hearing loss. If your child is already hearing impaired and uses hearing aids, make sure you visit your audiologist once in a while to optimise the performance of their earring device. While all the advanced hearing solutions like Siemens Hearing Aids, Starkey SoundLens and Phonak AutoSense OS technology provide the hearing impaired with a hassle-free hearing experience, it is important that you consult your audiologist to find the right solution for your needs.

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How is Ear Infection Associated with Hearing Loss?

Ageing, head trauma, exposure to loud noise, hereditary hearing impairment, malfunction in the inner ear are some of the most common causes of hearing loss. All these factors can damage the nerve cells in the cochlea of the inner ear that send sound signal to the brain, causing the most common and permanent type of hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss.

Besides these factors, ear infection is a lesser known cause of hearing loss. Infection causes fluid to build up in the middle ear blocking sound from passing through the eardrum to the inner ear. Ear infection-induced hearing loss is referred to as conductive hearing loss and is often temporary or reversal.

Otitis Media and Ear Infection

Otitis media is a medical term used to refer to accumulation of fluid in middle ear which causes inflammation and obstructs sounds directed to the auditory nerve.

Respiratory ailments like influenza or a cold, allergies and viral infections are condition that can lead to accumulation of pus and music behind the eardrum causing blockage of the Eustachian Tube.

What to do if you have an ear infection?

Conductive hearing loss is usually temporary and can be cured with a number of treatments. Though the condition is common amongst children, it can occur at any age.

If you experience trouble in hearing after an ear infection or have frequent infections, it is important that you consult your audiologist and get your hearing tested. Your audiologist will identify the type and degree of your hearing loss and suggest the best solution option for you condition.

 

More often than not, ear infection is treated with antibiotics. If effective, antibiotics can restore the impaired hearing back to normal. In case of recurrent ear infections, a tube may be inserted in the eardrum help drain the fluid accumulated in the middle ear. Moreover, if these treatments don’t work, your physician may suggest hearing aids to restore the hearing back to normal.

There are several hearing aid providers in Adelaide that offer advanced hearing devices from reputed brands such as Phonak, Starkey, Widex and Siemens Hearing Aids. If you’re dealing with hearing loss, find the best device for your hearing needs with the help of your audiologist and prevent your condition from getting worse.

Dining out with the hearing impaired? Here Are Some Useful Tips

Restaurants have always been a noisy yet entertaining place to hang out with your family, friends and loved ones. Believe it or not, noisy environments for some diners and eateries make for a fun atmosphere.

While every individual would be excited about dining out in general, it can be a bit of challenge for a person with hearing loss to communicate in such a loud setting, sometimes even for people with normal hearing.

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So, here we have gathered a couple of tips to make it easier for the hearing impaired and people accompanying them to a restaurant to enjoy the provided environment and avoid communication problems.

Be smart about your choice

When it comes to dining out with people with hearing loss, you have to look beyond the food, taste décor or ambience.

No matter how tempted you’re to the classy décor or comprehensive menu of the restaurant you last visited, you must make sure the restaurant you pick is hearing-loss-friendly in the first place.

Here are a few pointers for you to make a better choice

  • Avoid a restaurant with hard surfaces and high ceilings as they make for a reverberant environment.
  • Pick a well-lit spot which allows to easily see verbal clues like facial expressions and body language of the speaker.

Ditch the table, go for a booth

Booth seating is typically created to make more room for comfort and privacy while lessening the noises around.

A booth with high hacks or surfaces will help draw environmental sounds out of your conversation so that you can easily hear people around you and communicate effectively with them.

Avoid sitting in areas around the kitchen

Sit near the kitchen, particularly those with an open-design, and you will only make it harder for yourself to communicate in the already noisy atmosphere of the restaurant.

Reserve a booth as far as possible from the kitchen of the diner so that you don’t have to struggle to hear others and be active part of conversations.

Additional Tip

While most advanced hearing devices like  Siemens hearing aids ad Starkey assistive listening devices to name a few are optimised for noisy and challenging environments, it is advisable to sit with your back toward the wall or source of unwanted background noise. Also, it will be helpful if your companions too sit with their back against the wall so that there is only one sound for you to focus on.

Adhere to these considerations when dining out and you will sure make for a better and enjoyable dining experience.

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