Like 92% of parents, I was a “normal hearing” person, trying to make a decision for someone with hearing loss. How was I supposed to know how to choose the right device to buy? Lucy’s audiologist told us which manufacturer she liked and why. And that’s what we got. End of story.
But it’s not the end of the story, right? It’s the beginning of the story. That was day one for the next 3-4 years with that pair of hearing aids. I had no concept of how sound quality, noise reduction, and other features would impact my daughter’s outcomes.
Maybe you’re like me and just went with the audiologist’s recommendation. Or maybe you’re like others who ask other parents for recommendations and stories. But did you actually get to listen to the options? I didn’t. Not until recently. And it made a world of difference.
Recently, I was able to work on a project to record sound samples of the three leading pediatric hearing aids. The recordings are of the devices working in quiet, noise and at a distance. Typically, only audiologists get to listen to all three. But when you have to make a decision on behalf of your child, and really don’t know what you’re doing, I think “Hearing is Believing.”
And now – maybe for the first time – there is a tool parents can use to empower us in our decision making journey.
The first part of this video talks about what kids with hearing loss need and why.
Then about 2/3 of the way through, we get to listen to the sound samples. If you’re like me, you’d never heard a hearing aid before your child was diagnosed. So a few tips…
Please note: the Pediatric Listening Experience will open in a new tab.
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What are some things you learned from listening to this? And what other tools do you think are needed to help you advocate better for your child?