Forum: Children with Vision, Hearing & Sensory Issues
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Hi everyone, Im Amalia. I think I posted in here long ago. I have a son who was born at 25 weeks. He is now 2 years old I have a questions that i am hoping someone can answer or give advice?
anyone have experience with hearing aids? Hughie got his on Friday and I swear I cannot get them to stop making this screeching sound, the audiologist said its because im not putting them in right...Any tips?
we have a member whos son is using a hearing aid. She pots more in special needs but that is because that board has more traffic. If she doesn't respond soon I'll send her a message to head over here to give you a hand!
We spent 7 months in hearing aids (from age 4 months to 11 months) and I'll tell you, they are a PAIN! I always used a "twist" technique to get them in as well as I could - basically I'd set them in his ear upside down, with the actual aid pointing upward in front of his ear and the mold set into his ear canal. I'd then rotate it clockwise until the aid was sitting behind his ear where it belongs. The mold would work its way down his ear canal while I did, getting a pretty good fit. If I was still getting feedback, I would press my thumb against it, wiggle, and push gently to get it set further in. I could usually get it to fit just fine, at least until he knocked it out (which, pre-sitting/crawling/walking, was always!).
I also used the heck out of Oto-ferm, which is a cream that can help set it in place and fill any minor gaps there may be. I actually was able to get it from my audiologists, and a tube or two per 6 month period was covered under EI... Otherwise, it's not that expensive. There's also a lubricant (Oto-ease, but not sure how it's spelled) if you're having trouble getting the molds into his ear, but I never had much use for that.
If push comes to shove, I would ask for help at your next audi appointment, or sooner. Get someone to show you, slowly, how to put them in...then you do it, and have them correct you and tell you where you're going wrong. Good luck!!!