The new school year is upon us. Many parents are feeling stressed while taking care of their children during this pandemic. Parents of children with hearing loss have a unique set of challenges, particularly with the virtual classrooms or in person classrooms where there will be social distancing.
What can children with hearing loss expect when heading back to school?
Let your child know that they are not alone. Encourage them to advocate for themselves and their needs when it comes to hearing loss. Children who are hard of hearing, and their parents, should discuss specific needs and concerns with their teachers. Everyone wants what is best for their child. By advocating for them, and encouraging them to advocate for themself, this can help the child stay on track with learning.
Make sure there are accurate captions available for the student to read, or provide a transcript for the student.
Hearing aids, Hobbies and Hangouts
If your child enjoys cooking, it’s important that they wear their hearing aids in order to hear a timer go off. Being outdoors and exercising is important, especially during these times. Going on walks and listening to the sounds of nature can be very therapeutic.
Simply enjoying the company of friends and family, whether it’s in person or through a video chat is great for your mental and social well-being. Laughing with loved ones is more enjoyable if you can hear them.
Hearing Aid Accessories
Many teachers and parents may use the Remote Microphone+, so that children who are hard of hearing can hear them clearly. The Roger Select ™ microphone can be placed onto a table and group discussions can be heard. If a teacher begins to speak, but is standing too far from the microphone, the student with hearing aids can switch to the Remote Microphone+.
This would be a great accessory to use if classes are taking place outdoors.
Check out our guide to properly sanitizing Phonak’s Roger Devices for students in the classroom during COVID-19.
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in the Roger Select ™ microphone, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing. We also offer a variety of hearing aid brands and styles. Contact us for a free consultation and hearing aid trial.
Please be aware that Pure Sound services will only be available by appointment and for essential visits at this time. Essential visits include all appointments that require new hearing aid fittings, repairs and re-fittings. We ask that you please wait in your car, while wearing your mask, and place your hearing aids in a clean zip lock bag. We will come to your car to get them. If you are having any problems with your hearing aids, or need supplies for your hearing aids, please call us before visiting one of our offices.