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Lucie Herridge
Lucie is a lifestyle and parenting blogger from Hampshire, UK.

She is mummy to 3-year-old Harry who is profoundly deaf and a bilateral Advanced Bionics cochlear implant user. She loves drinking tea, cozy nights in with her family and pinning on Pinterest!

How to prepare your child for a cochlear implant

So you found out your child has severe hearing loss.

Maybe you discovered it during a newborn hearing screening, or maybe they were already a few months old and not responding to your voice.  Your child might already have hearing aids, or you might be discussing with an audiologist about getting your child fit with a cochlear implant. 

You and your child may just be embarking on their hearing journey, and it may seem overwhelming. Especially because it could take months or even years before your child can be considered and then fit with a cochlear implant. But there are still a lot of things you can do to prepare them for being implanted, and help develop their communication skills long before activation day.

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What you should know about my son’s cochlear implant

I am constantly being flooded with questions about Harry’s cochlear implant.

Whilst I am so happy and comfortable answering them, I know that some parents of children with hearing technology find it hard to talk about or explain to someone about them. Especially those whom have never had experience with a cochlear implant user before.

In this post I am going to cover common questions I am asked, and tell you the best way that I answer them!

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5 Tips to Help Your Deaf Toddler Communicate

Being a toddler is hard, we know.  The tears, tantrums and frustrations are totally normal, but for deaf children those times can be extra hard for them and for you as their parent.

While your child is building up their understanding of the world, they may be also getting used to their hearing aids or cochlear implant, so it’s understandable that they could become frustrated when trying to communicate. Luckily, I’ve found a few ways to help my toddler through this tough stage.

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5 Holiday Sensory Games to Play with your Deaf Child

With the holidays approaching I am starting to plan out what activities we should do during the run up to the big day. 

I love to play sensory games with Harry, as he finds them really engaging and fun. I also love that he’s learning in the process. Deaf children tend to respond really well to games that stimulate all of the senses, which is why I have gathered 5 of my favourite DIY sensory activities that you can do in the comfort of your own home with minimal setup required!

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When is the Right Age to get a Cochlear Implant?

Research shows that the earlier your child can have access to sound, the better their speech and listening skills develop. But when is the right age to get a cochlear implant?

Research has shown that babies start to hear in the womb, and they can respond to sounds even before they have been born into the world. So, if a child is born deaf or with any sort of hearing loss, they are missing out on these vital early inputs of sound. This is why babies and toddlers are fit with hearing aids and cochlear implants at quite a young age.

But when is the best age to get a cochlear implant?

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Tips for establishing a bedtime routine for deaf children

Bedtime for any baby or toddler can be a stressful time of the day, but this can be more so for a deaf child.

The thought of having to remove their hearing equipment, whether it is hearing aids or a cochlear implant can be a daunting thought. I am one of those mums who believes in routine. I’m not terribly strict with it, but I believe children thrive with a bit of structure to their day. This is why we have put a particular routine in place to help our little boy Harry, who is profoundly deaf without his cochlear implants, feel safe and comfortable when it comes to going to sleep. 

Here are my tips for establishing a bedtime routine for deaf children:

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The Coolest Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant Accessories on Instagram

We always want our son Harry to be proud of his cochlear implants, so the cooler they look, the better!  I think customising his hearing technology to his personality is a great idea to help him want to wear them and show them off!

Hearing aids are now available in a variety of colors, but even with traditional beige ones, there are so many ways you can “pimp” your hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Here I have put together a collection of my favourite ways you can do it!

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