If you have a child that has to wear a hearing aid, he or she might feel self-conscious about it. This is due to the fact that it makes him or her stand out from his or her peers as different. This can be especially difficult for teenagers who are just having the part of their brain develop that causes themselves to scrutinize how they look more closely. Here are some tips for helping your teen feel more comfortable with his or her hearing aid.
1. Find Cool Accessories
The first thing that you need to do is show your teen that he or she can accessorize his or her hearing aid. There are special accessorizing kits that have clasps that can be directly attached to the hearing aid, allowing your child to make jewelry for his or her aid. This can help disguise the aid as a fashion piece and make your child feel as though he or she has much more control over the hearing aid that he or she would otherwise.
You could also have your child decorate his or her hearing aid with small stickers or even bedazzle the parts that are not being inserted in his or her hear. Talk the manufacturer that makes your child's hearing aid for more specific details on what accessories are available.
2. Let Your Teen Customize the Color
The next time that your teen needs to get a hearing aid, which might be relatively soon if he or she is experiencing the growth spurts that are caused by puberty, let him or her choose the color of the earpiece, as well as of the mold. This can help your child feel more kindly towards his or her hearing aid.
3. Let Your Teen Grow Their Hair Out
Another option, if your child is truly embarrassed by his or her hearing aid, is to allow your child to grow his or her hair out so that it is long enough to cover his or her ears. This can help disguise the hearing aid and allow your child to feel a lot more confident. Check the school dress code for boys with long hair since sometimes schools do not allow it.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in hearing aid accessories. They will be able to help you figure out a way to help make your child's hearing aid more normal or discreet.