Setting Language in Motion: Family Supports and Early Intervention for Babies Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Module 3 - Hearing Aids: The Basics

Module 3 provides information on hearing aids, their use, and maintenance tips.  

In Module 3, you will:

  • learn about hearing aid features/options and types recommended for young children,
  • learn how to do a listening check and care for the hearing aid as well as recognize a child's auditory awareness of sound, and     
  • develop an understanding of how to encourage a child's hearing aid use and acceptance (which is critical when establishing avenues for language learning in children who are deaf or hard of hearing). 

Downloadable resources and additional information are provided at the bottom of this module web page. 

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Module 3 - Hearing Aids: The Basics

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About the Author

Charlotte Mullen, AuD, is the primary pediatric audiologist for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program and coordinator for education and training for the audiology service of Boston Children’s Hospital.

About the Actor

Tyrone Giordano is the actor for Modules 3 and 5.

Early Intervention Network: Supporting Linguistic Competence for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

This on-line network shares five evidence-based factors and supporting program components shown to be essential for the development of linguistic competence in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Various programs implementing these factors from throughout the country are highlighted. There are many resources for promoting both visual and spoken language development.

When the Hearing Aid Isn't Working Right

Supports Module 3: Offers troubleshooting tips for when the hearing aid is not functioning properly.

Parts of the Hearing Aid

Supports Module 3: Provides information regarding the various parts and function of the hearing aid.

Hearing Aid Accessories

Supports Module 3: Provides information and tips on various hearing aid accessories.

How to Clean the Earmold

Supports Module 3: Offers tips on how to clean the earmold.

Tips for Successful Hearing Aid Use

Supports Module 3: Offers tips leading to successful hearing aid use.

How to Do a Hearing Aid Listening Check

Supports Module 3: Offers easy steps for how to do a hearing aid listening check.

Hearing Aid Batteries

Supports Module 3: Provides information on and an explanation of how to care for hearing aid batteries.

Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

Supports Module 3: Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss: Keeping Hearing Aids on Brochures