When Your Child Needs a Hearing Aid

It’s not anything any parent wants to hear, but realizing that your child has a permanent hearing issue and will need a hearing aid is a challenge — but not a tragedy. With the technological leaps that have been made by hearing aid manufacturers in recent decades and the wealth of experience within the audiology field, you and your child will have significant support moving forward.
The most common time to find out a child has hearing issues is at the age when they are learning to talk, though infant hearing exams can often reveal a problem earlier. It’s rare that a teenager will suddenly develop significant hearing issues — though certainly not impossible.

But what this usually means is that “growing up” for your child will incorporate transitioning from one hearing aid to the next. Having one will become second nature for them.
Generally speaking, younger children will be outfitted with simpler models that are sturdy and easier to use. Depending on the significance of hearing issues and other considerations, the first types of hearing aid your child will have will be either a RIC (receiver-in-canal) or BTE (behind-the-ear) model that will have to be incorporated into your family’s life.

A RIC captures sound waves from inside the ear canal (while the computer-end of things are behind the earlobe), while a BTE has the receiver outside the ear canal with everything else. BTE’s are often more practical, since ear-molds that can be re-crafted as the child grows, making the whole apparatus more comfortable.

In the teenage years, there’s often a transition to ITE (in-the-ear) models since these are not only more discreet but also inline with modern wireless technology, allowing kids the opportunity to connect to all their devices — and even some wireless infrastructure that many schools have incorporated.

Signia Nx Hearing Device

Signia Releases Groundbreaking Nx Line with OVP™

Signia has recently released the Nx line of hearing aids. They feature state-of-the-art computer processing power and full connectivity, putting them on the leading edge of hearing aid technology.

One of the most profound new features is the OVP™ (Own Voice Processing) system. The Nx line has an entirely separate processing unit to handle the longstanding issue of users finding the sound of their own voice — channeled through their hearing aid — to be disorientating. Testing has shown the OVP™ system provides up to 80 percent improvement in users who have had own-voice issues.

Signia’s Ultra HDe2e binaural link is the core of the new system. It provides full-bandwidth audio analysis by scanning the wearer’s own voice through a completely separate input system than the rest of the incoming sound from the surrounding auditory environment. It is mixed in with the rest of the sound output, but its coming from an independent input allows fine-tuning of the user’s own voice at a level not before possible. It is a cutting-edge technology that means a significant increase in performance for many hearing aid users.

That’s not all the Nx line offers. Superior energy efficiency and excellent remote control capabilities with the myControl app are also significant features.

And the myHearing App provides superior product support and the ability to connect directly with hearing aid providers in real time. The latest version even supports video calls. This allows remote face-to-face interactions between the user and a hearing health professional during which adjustments can be made to the user’s hearing aid. The future is now.

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