Types of Amplification
Children with medically uncorrectable hearing loss can use a variety of hearing devices that can make the most of their hearing. The Audiologists at Texas Children’s Hospital can help each child find the most appropriate technology for their condition. No amplification device will “cure” a child’s hearing loss, but when fit appropriately, they should be able to hear much better.
Traditional Hearing Aids
Worn behind the ear and connected to an ear mold.
CROS Hearing Aid
Sometimes an option for hearing loss in only one ear. A device is worn on both ears, but sound is only delivered to the good ear.
Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA)
This option is most helpful for conductive hearing loss (i.e., microtia or atresia). It can also be used for one-sided hearing loss. Younger children use a headband to wear the device. This type of hearing aid can be surgically implanted in older children.
A cochlear implant is sometimes an option when traditional hearing aids are of little benefit. There is both an external and a surgically implanted portion of this hearing device.
Remote Microphone Technology (FM systems)
All hearing loss makes listening in noisy area more challenging. Hearing aids or cochlear implants alone do not correct this. Using a remote microphone (i.e., worn by a teacher) and sending a wireless signal directly to your child’s equipment, can greatly reduce the difficulties of listening in a noisy environment.