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A listening check should be done every day, 1 time each day, on each hearing aid right before you put the hearing aids on your child. You do not need to repeat the listening check during the day unless you notice that your child is not responding as expected.
If your child’s hearing aids have indicator lights, you can check them throughout the day while your child is wearing their device to ensure they are working.
You will need a listening stethoscope to do this daily check.
With the earmold connected to the hearing aid, use the listening stethoscope to listen to each hearing aid. To make sure that your child’s hearing aid is working for a wide range of sounds, use the Low-Mid-High (LMH) speech sounds for the listening check:
Speak each sound into the microphone of each hearing device at a normal, conversational volume. Listen for a clear sound signal through the listening stethoscope with no static, intermittency (sound that starts and stops), or distortion (sound that is fuzzy or not clear).
The purpose of the daily listening check is to make sure your child’s hearing aid is working properly.
When you do the listening check, you may notice your child’s hearing aid doesn’t sound as good as it should. When this happens, use the list below to help decide what steps to take to figure out what the problem might be. You can also check your child’s hearing aid manual for more troubleshooting suggestions.
If the hearing aid is not making any sound:
If the hearing aid sounds softer than usual:
If the sound cuts in and out:
If there is a static sound or if the sound is distorted:
If the hearing aid produces feedback when it is on the ear:
If you troubleshoot your child’s hearing aid and the problem is not fixed, call your audiologist’s office.
If your child’s hearing aids have disposable zinc air (non-rechargeable) batteries, then it is important to check them regularly to make sure they are still working.
Test the hearing aid battery with a battery tester. Change the battery if it is dead or low.
When you put in a new battery, remove the sticker on the new battery and then let the battery sit exposed to the air for a few minutes. This will activate the battery fully. If the battery is not fully activated, sound can be intermittent and the battery may not last as long.
When you buy hearing aids, a battery tester will typically be one of the accessories that is included with the hearing aid. If you have questions, talk with your audiologist about how to use the battery tester.
To check that the RM-HAT transmitter is connected to your child’s hearing aid:
To see this information online and learn more, visit https://myhealth.alberta.ca/health/aftercareinformation/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=custom.ab_check_ts_hearingaid_child_inst.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: February 3, 2023
Author: Provincial Audiology Professional Practice, Alberta Health Services
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