Before your baby can make the best use of hearing devices (hearing aids or cochlear implants), you need to be sure they are working.
Check the hearing devices and put them on when the baby gets dressed in the morning. It becomes a natural part of the dressing routine.
If your baby uses hearing amplification, he or she will benefit from consistent device use. Ask for assistance from other parents, your baby's audiologist and your family-infant teacher if your baby has trouble keeping device(s) on.
Read our tips for helping babies adjust to wearing hearing aids for additional information.
Our homes are noisy places. You will want to limit auditory distractions (e.g., TV or music on in the background, blender, noisy fans) when you are spending quality language time with your child.
If your baby is being considered for a cochlear implant, it is valuable to provide auditory stimulation with hearing aids prior to the surgery.