Health Issues Common In Women

Health Issues Common In Women

How To Transform A BTE (Behind-The-Ear) Hearing Aid Into A Fun Accessory For A Hearing-Impaired Child Or Young Teen

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Every day, hearing-impaired children and young teens are given the gift of sound by wearing a hearing aid. Many children and teens with mild to profound hearing loss wear a BTE (Behind-the-Ear) hearing aid. This type of hearing aid consists of a small plastic microphone case that rests behind and on top of the ear and is connected by a clear tube to a custom-made, earmold that rests on the outside of the ear. A clear tube extends from the earmold into the ear canal to amplify sounds. 

If you have a child or young teen that has been diagnosed with a hearing loss and must wear a hearing aid, you can encourage them to wear their BTE hearing aid by transforming it into a fun accessory with the addition of charms, decorations, stickers, necklaces, and headbands. Here are some ways that you can transform the hearing aid of a child or teen into a fun accessory: 

  • Hearing Aid Charms - These colorful and fun hearing aid charms dangle between the microphone case and the earmold. They are made of light-weight plastic and come in many styles. Some are made in the likeness of current cartoon and film characters such as the Little Mermaid, Hello Kitty, Buzz Lightyear, the Hulk, and Kermit the Frog. Other charms are more generic and incorporate jewels, flowers, squiggles, animals and letters of the alphabet. To wear a hearing aid charm, a child or teen easily pulls the BTE components apart, inserts the hanging charm and reconnects the components. 
  • Hearing Aid Colors - When a doctor diagnoses a hearing loss and prescribes a hearing aid for a child or young teen, it is important to explain to them all aspects of what it means to wear a hearing aid. In order to involve your child in the hearing aid dialogue, give them the option to choose the color of the hearing aid that they will wear. The range of available colors for BTE hearing aids is almost unlimited and varies from very bright to very subtle. A child or teen can also choose to have several different color tubes to connect the parts of the BTE  
  • Hearing Aid Stickers and Decorations - A BTE hearing aid can also be embellished with stickers and crystals to add sparkle and color to the microphone case. Current cartoon and film characters are depicted on these removable stickers, such as Batman, a Minion, Mickey Mouse, and the Little Mermaid. These stickers are very economical and can be changed often to coincide with holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, the 4th of July, and your child's or teen's birthday. 
  • Hearing Aid Necklaces and Headbands - Woven paracord necklaces and headbands are also available for your child or young teen to wear while they are wearing their BTE hearing aids. Besides being attractive and colorful, these necklaces and headbands feature safety cords that attach to the tubing of BTE hearing aids to protect against loss while being worn by an active child or teen.   

If you are interested in obtaining some of the above hearing aid accessories, check online for a retailer or auction site or ask your audiologist to recommend a shop where you may see and purchase them in person. These accessories can make wearing a hearing aid fun and when your child or young teen is comfortable and having fun, they will wear their hearing aid more often. 


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Health Issues Common In Women

My name is Shawna Banks and this is a blog that focuses on health issues that affect women. I became interested in women's health when my sister began having medical problems. After her condition worsened, she went to see a doctor. After her diagnosis and successful treatment, I helped her research the different kinds of health conditions that are common in women. By becoming knowledgeable about these types of problems, we can keep ourselves healthier. I hope that when you read this blog, it will help you to identify symptoms that shouldn't be ignored. If necessary, you can schedule an appointment with your physician as soon as possible.