These pages provide information about hearing aids and cochlear implants. Your audiologist will be able to give you more information and answer your questions. Assistive technology and assistive listening devices are also called amplification.
Does my child need assistive technology?
- Hearing loss decreases the amount of sound your child’s ears and brain receive. If your child isn’t able to hear some or all the sounds of speech, then she will have difficulty learning spoken language.
- If you want your child to learn to communicate with listening and spoken language, your child will need to use hearing aids, cochlear implants, BAHAs, and/or an FM system as recommended by your audiologist.
- The sooner you get amplification the sooner your child can begin hearing speech sounds.
- If you are considering cochlear implants, it is important to begin the cochlear implant candidacy process early. Speak with your child’s audiologist about this process.
- Some parents may choose a communication option that uses only sign language and require the use of hearing aids or cochlear implants.