If the suspicion of a hearing impairment is confirmed, there is no time to lose: even for children who have outgrown infancy, prolonged untreated hearing impairment hinders development. The therapy of congenital hearing disorders should begin within the first six months of life as far as possible: The child's hearing care needs in the first years of life acoustic stimuli in order to mature properly.
The hearing of most children can be improved with hearing aids. These should be expertly adapted, usually by a specially qualified hearing care professional, the so-called paedakustiker. In addition to hearing aids that amplify the sound, some children also use a cochlear implant that processes the sound waves. Depending on how old your child is and how hearing and speech are impaired, further measures accompany the therapy: speech therapy, hearing training, learning to read the lips and the sign language, assistance in coping with everyday life (for children and parents).
Parents as a prop
It is important that you, as a parent, stand by your child's hearing problem and support it. You should not give your child the feeling that it has a flaw - this can lead to a lack of self-confidence, to the loss of openness and limited zest for life. A child only learns to deal with his hearing damage and accept a hearing aid, even though his parents do.
Hearing aids must be worn regularly. In addition, it makes sense to inform the people with whom the child is dealing about the hearing loss. Otherwise, communication problems with all social consequences, such as school difficulties and loneliness are inevitable.
Prevention is important
Protect your child from noise. Imagine that it is nice to escape the constant drifting through TV sets, computers and MP3 players and sometimes to recharge your batteries on islands of silence. Avoid using small (electronic) toys with loud acoustics, talk to your older child about noise and its effects.