Hearing Aid Services
Hearing Aid Consultation
If your child needs a hearing aid for one or both ears, they will be scheduled for a hearing aid consultation appointment. We will talk about which hearing aid is best for their hearing loss. Children’s Mercy offers hearing aids from several hearing aid companies. You will also need an appointment with an ENT specialist. It is a state law that children be medically cleared by a physician before we can fit the hearing aid.
Hearing Aid Fitting
Your child’s earmolds and hearing aids will be fitted during this appointment. The hearing aids are specifically programmed to their ears and hearing loss. The audiologist will test to be sure your child is able to hear speech sounds. We will teach you how to help your child use their hearing aids during this appointment.
Please understand that we are unable to fit any hearing aid without medical clearance. Your child’s health insurance also requires prior authorization before we can fit any hearing aid.
Hearing Aid Check
Your child will come in for a hearing aid check appointment approximately every six months for the first several years that they wear a hearing aid. As your child’s hearing becomes stable and they are more comfortable using their hearing aid, you may not need to come in as often for a check-up.
At each check-up, we will test your child’s hearing to monitor for any changes. We will also check their hearing aids to see if they need any adjustments. Your child’s earmolds will also be checked to ensure they are fitting properly. Your child may also be tested in the sound booth with their hearing aids on.
Bone Anchored Hearing Systems/Osseointegrated Hearing Devices
Standard hearing aids aren’t the best treatment option for all types of hearing loss. We have a special team committed to the evaluation and fitting of hearing devices that fall into a category called Bone Anchored Hearing Systems. These are for hearing losses that involve absence or malformation of the outer ear, ear canal or middle ear; other conductive hearing losses; and single-sided deafness. These devices can either be worn on a soft band or can be implanted surgically once your child reaches a certain age. These systems use bone conduction to provide sound rather than air conduction like a traditional hearing aid.