- Comes in a variety of cool colors, so you can change the look of the aids over time.
- Covers the actual hearing aid, reducing moisture and dirt damage. This could become important as Nolan learns how to turn his hearing aids into a tasty snack.
- Reduces the chance that small parts might fall off of the hearing aid (again because it covers the aid).
- The cord prevents the hearing aids from becoming lost, if they fall from the child's ears.
- Acoustically transparent.
- Costs $25 for one set.
- The cord is too long for a small infant, leaving a lot of "dangle" room.
- The extra cloth over the hearing aid adds bulk, and pushes a baby's ears out (see squashed ear in the picture above). This also makes the aids more prone to falling off (though the handy-dandy cord will keep them from getting lost).
- Cost $8 each; $7 each if you buy 2 at a time.
- Keeps older brother from noticing and playing with hearing aids.
- Don't add bulk to the actual hearing aid.
- Covers the entire ear to prevent contamination with dirt and moisture.
- Keeps hearing aids from flopping off when rolling around on the floor.
- The are "so freakin' adorable!"
- If a hearing aid does fall off, you might not notice it until you remove the cap.
- If a hearing aid does fall off, there is nothing to keep it attached to the baby.
- People ask why you won't take your kid's hat off.
- Harder to turn the hearing aid on/off if Nolan has fallen asleep- there is a big chance I'll wake him up by untying the pilot cap!
Pilot caps are definitely better for a smaller baby- they keep the aids on well for a baby who is too young to remove his or her own aids. Ear Gear are probably better for older babies and children, who might remove/mouth aids or get them dirty. Ear Gear makes the aids too big for a baby's small ears and the cord is too long. This wouldn't be a problem with a toddler/child with bigger ears. Pilot caps would begin to lose effectiveness when the kid could just reach underneath the hat to remove the hearing aids. Let's hope Nolan's ears grow enough for the Ear Gear before he learns any new tricks!