Tips for Parents
I thought I would create this page to provide you, as parents, with some ideas for helping encourage your child to keep their hearing aids in. Also, I have found that there are ways to use the bonnet that will help you achieve this successfully.
I want to start with my own experience when our daughter, Silka, was first fitted with hearing aids. I was home, on maternity leave, with her and her older brother, Rein, who was 3 years old. Needless to say, it was busy in our household, and trying to keep a vigilant eye on my daughter to make sure that her hearing aids didn't disappear when I wasn't looking was a CHALLENGE. I soon found that she was only wearing them a couple of hours a day. Feelings of guilt started to take over because I knew we were compromising our daughter's ability to hear and properly develop her speech.
Then, one morning I woke up with a shift in perspective. Silka has to wear those hearing aids from the time she wakes up until she goes to bed - they are an extra piece of 'clothing' that she has to wear every day. With that shift in perspective, there also came a desire to find an answer to successfully encourage her to keep them in all day. That is how SilkaWear's bonnet came about.
Some questions you may be asking are:
How should I use this bonnet?
At first, your child will probably be wearing it all the time. It will take them a while to adjust to the hearing aids being in their ears and they are going to want to pull them out all the time. Also, the other infants at your child's daycare will also want to pull them out. The bonnet will discourage your child and the other children from doing this.
How should I use the bonnet as my child gets accustomed to their hearing aids?
As they get more accustomed, they will pull them out less and less and eventually you will find they are only pulling them out when they are tired. At this point, use the bonnet as a tool to discourage them from pulling them out by putting it on after they pull them out. Once they have gone a little time with the bonnet on, take it off again and repeat the process if necessary. Pretty soon they won't be wearing the bonnet at all.
My child manages to get their hearing aids out from under the bonnet in the car. How do I stop them from doing this?
Distraction. Distraction. Distraction. Make sure they have toys to play with so they won't fixate on them while they are limited in what they can do in a car seat. Most often they are tired and the motion of the car makes them sleepy, so they start to tug at them. If this is the case, just take them out.
Please note: It has been brought to my attention that hearing aids could be a choking hazard for your little one(s) in the car. If they do manage to get them out of their ears, they could pull off the ear mold from the aid and place them in their mouth.
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