Just For Kids

There is a quote from an amazing audiologist, Mark Ross, which states “when someone has a hearing loss, the whole family has a hearing problem.”
Our approach to pediatrics and hearing involves the whole family. Hearing loss should not stop children from participating fully and successfully in life. We offer comprehensive services to help empower you and your child achieve his or her goals in school and in life. Our clinic fits hearing devices for children of all ages. In some cases, we work with two or three generations of patients from the same family, and it is amazing and inspiring to see these families grow over the years. We are passionate about working together with children and families dealing with the challenges of hearing loss and to guide you through the unique scenarios you may face. It is important to know that you are not alone.

Tips and Tricks

Having trouble keeping the hearing aid(s) on your little one’s ear? Here are a few suggestions others have used to help:

  • Silkawear is a website that offers a bonnet or hat that helps keep hearing aids from being pulled off. Developed by a mom who has a child who wears hearing aids too
  • Sometimes a little toupee tape will work as well just to keep the hearing aid on the back of the outer ear but it all depends on the shape and/or size of the child’s ear.
  • Most hearing aid manufacturers also provide a tether-like clip that will also help keep the hearing devices in.
  • Otoclips eargear, dino clips and critter clips can also make it fun

Self Advocacy

Encourage children with hearing loss to identify their own strengths and needs. Students who can ask for assistance when necessary and proactively seek reasonable accommodations will serve themselves well in school and their future. Teachers need to be sensitive to a student’s level of comfort with regard to self-advocacy and may need to give some children phrases or strategies to use during stressful times. Some of these include:

  • “Please repeat the last part of the directions.”
  • “There’s a lot of noise in the hallway, could you please close the door?”
  • “I missed what Sam just said. Could you repeat it?”
  • “It really helps me understand you better when I can see your face.”