It’s critical for babies and toddlers to wear their hearing devices as often as possible, yet we face one obstacle - keeping them on! Little ones are constantly exploring and on-the-go, and since there’s no stopping that, here are some ways to help keep their hearing aids/ implants on.
1. Bonnets/Pilot Caps
A pilot cap or bonnet prevents a baby from being able to take their hearing aids out. Companies specialize in making them for hearing aids and cochlear implants so that they are designed to not cause feedback. Some websites include www.hearinghenry.com and www.silkawear.com.
2. Wig Tape
Wig tape can be used on a cochlear implant or hearing aid and is safe for skin. Wig tape may only last for a few hours and must be changed everyday.
A lanyard is attached to the child’s shirt with a small loop around the hearing aid or implant. Although this does not help keep the hearing aids or implant on the ear, it does prevent the aid from being lost for an active infant or toddler.
4. Huggie Aids
A “Huggie Aid” is a rubber ring that is attached to the aid and wraps around the ear to keep it secure.
Reading or looking at picture books with your children will encourage natural language learning. Reading a book together gives your child practice sharing joint attention or a common focus with you, which is precursor to language development.
Reading with young children also helps them to develop pre-reading skills (holding a book right side up, turning the pages sequentially), which gives them a strong foundation to become readers themselves.
Below are 3 tips to maximize your child’s language learning through reading.
Source - My Baby and Me: A Book About Teaching Your Child to Talk (Betsy Moog Brooks)
Your busy schedule and an on-the-go mindset can make it hard to set aside time for language and listening development. Snack time is a great time to take a few extra minutes to sit with your toddler and encourage language.
Here are five ways to help make snack time into a language activity.