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- 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, June 25, 2012
Humidity + Water = Hearing Aid Killer
Nolan loves playing soccer. I love that he loves playing soccer. Playing soccer in the humidity? Not so much.
Playing soccer in high humidity with coaches who have squirt bottles to cool off little ones? I like those games even less.
Nolan had a soccer game on Wednesday (in 96 degree heat and 90% humidity), and was drenched with sweat. The coaches brought out spray bottles to help cool the kids down - we started yelling: "NOT THE HEARING AIDS!" from the sidelines. We should have taken his ears off. There was really no way to avoid the mist from the squirt bottles or the sweat from the game. There was just too much water.
Both hearing aids died, and a trip through the Dry and Store revived his right hearing aid. The left one hasn't fared so well. Sometimes I do get a faint squeal, but it always dies a few minutes later. I have to call Nolan's audiologist later today.
In the meantime, we broke out his old Ear Gear, and it finally fits. It used to be too bulky for his little ears, but it fits now. The extra cord to the missing aid is just tucked into his shirt, and the Ear Gear on the other side can protect the right aid from any more moisture damage.
Dear hearing aid companies: please make waterproof hearing aids for kids with mod-severe losses.* Soon.
*Yes, there is the Siemen's Aquaris, which is awesome, but it is only for mild/moderate losses. Sigh...