Do you take your child to an audiologist to get their hearing tested? We take them to the doctor, dentist, and opticians for check-ups, but for some reason a trip to the audiologist is commonly forgotten about unless a problem is suspected. All us parents out there want nothing less than the absolute best for our own children, and in this blog, we are going to look at several hearing habits you can introduce to maintain the hearing and ear health of your child.
A child’s hearing is equally as important as their teeth and eyesight. Good hearing ensures your child can understand and communicate with the world around them, develop language skills and even keep up with their fellow classmates at school. In addition to this, International studies provide evidence that early detection of hearing loss accompanied by family centered intervention services will result in improved academic and social outcomes for hard of hearing children and their families.
Below are just some tips we would recommend in order to ensure the hearing health of your child:
BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH A PAEDIATRIC AUDIOLOGIST
It may be obvious, but the best thing you can do to ensure the health of your child’s hearing is to get their hearing tested by a paediatric audiologist. This is the very first line of defence in order to maintain the hearing health of your child.
Many of our competitors’ test in normal adult assessment booths, which sometimes lead to less accurate results. At Audiology Medical Services, we have invested significantly in state-of-the-art paediatric testing equipment to make sure every child has the most accurate assessment possible using the latest techniques. We believe that our children deserve no less.
Some children’s toys that make sounds or play music can be extremely loud, often far louder than what they need to be. These loud noises are not just irritating for us parents, but unfortunately, the exposure to the high levels of sound can be damaging to your child’s hearing. We recommend either selecting quieter toys for your children but if that’s not possible to try softening the sound by covering speakers with tape or some other way in order to protect your little one’s ears.
TURN THE VOLUME DOWN
Usually, children tend to turn the volume up extremely loud, whether it’s the TV, radio, ipad or computer game. We would recommend turning down the volume of all these in order to get them accustomed to listening to all their devices at a lower and safer volume even with background noise.
FOR YOUR CHILD’S EARS ONLY
A good rule for children that use headphones or earphones is that it should be for their ears only. Firstly, earphones or headphones shouldn’t be shared with others, only themselves. In addition to this then, the volume shouldn’t be loud enough that it can be heard by anyone else. If you can hear what they are listening to, encourage them to reduce the volume so it isn’t too loud and damaging their hearing. If you encourage this from an early age and remind them often it can tend to be more successful.
Although volumes can be dangerously high at shows and concerts, they still need to be enjoyed. What we recommend is to encourage your child to wear noise-dampening earplugs at these fun events while the performance is on. You could even wear them yourself to lead by example. These events can be heard perfectly through earplugs, and your child’s ears will thank you for it one day.
These are just some tips to help protect your child’s hearing, but we hope it makes you realise how important it is to get their hearing checked by a professional and help them practice good hearing health. There is no doubt they will thank you for it in the years to come.
BOOK AN APPOINTMENT TODAY
Audiology Medical Services has dedicated paediatric centres across the country. We provide an expert, comprehensive child-centred and family-friendly diagnostic audiological assessment of infants, children and adolescents.
We are also one of the only companies in Ireland with state-of-the-art multi-sensory sound rooms for paediatric services. These audiometric booths have been specially designed to provide the most accurate assessment possible, enabling trained staff to give the very best consultation for your child.
For more information, or to book an assessment, visit www.audiologymedicalservices.ie, or phone 1800 501 501.