Articles I Have Written
- The Best Books for Kids with Hearing Loss
- Sleep Studies for Kids
- Adjusting to Hearing Aids
- Free Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
- First Steps When Baby Can't Hear
- When Baby "Refers" on the Newborn Hearing Test
- Water Sports with Hearing Aids
- What is the Newborn Hearing Screen?
- The Best Hearing Aid Accessories for Kids
- Choosing Eyeglasses for Kids
- Great Hearing Loss Simulations
Monday, January 5, 2009
Nolan has been wearing his hearing aids for a full 12 months, so one would expect that he would be quite used to them and would leave them in his ears for more than 20 minutes at a time. The pilot cap has lost its power to keep the aids in, because Nolan can rip it off in 3 seconds flat. If it is triple knotted, he will pull his ears out from behind the edges of the cap and rip his aids out.
I've thought about trying these caps, but they are $30 per hat and I have a feeling they would be no match for Nolan's excellent fine motor skills. So we are now at an impasse: Nolan pulls his aids out, we replace them, he pulls them out... repeat ad infinitum.
Some might suggest we get to the bottom of why he is pulling them out. We simply have no clue, as we know his hearing level has recently returned to previous levels and the aids are properly set. Perhaps the constant noise level provided by our three year old bothers him? Or he hears "well enough" (from his point of view) without them?
We are getting new earmolds on Thursday, so perhaps that will help keep those aids snugly in his ears. In the meantime, his time spent in aids is decreasing as we fervently try to keep them in as long as possible. At least he keeps them in during speech therapy.
Aside from super glue or some other permanent measure of adhesion, any suggestions are welcome (and don't think I haven't thought about the super glue)!