The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)

Most children accept hearing aids much better if they feel they aren't the only ones. You might like to contact The National Deaf Children's Society and ask for a copy of their events calendar - there are loads of activities and events going on around the country that he could join. Around 40% of children who use hearing aids have other needs in addition to the hearing loss and NDCS are great at meeting individual kids' needs so do consider it. 

Deaf-friendly activities

NDCS runs a project called Me2 which aims to make mainstream leisure activities and sports deaf-friendly. 

Nipple tape

Rob was given a cochlear implant which had a coil that had to stay on his head. We spent 18 very painful months replacing this coil up to 200 times a day, as he did not want to wear it. Then someone told me to buy nipple tape from Claire's accessories (designed for bra-less see-through outfits!) It has changed our lives. The coil stays on all day.

Hearing tests

It is recommended that people with learning disabilities should have their hearing tested at least every 5 years. Many children may present with speech delay and this may be hindered by deficits with sight or hearing.

Hearing aids

Our daughter (2 years old) wears hearing aids in both ears but the moulds always fell out, if you rub a small amount of Vaseline onto the moulds, making sure it’s just a small amount as not to block them, it helps them to stick into the ears for longer.

Scholl moleskin

Wearing a hearing aid and glasses can put a lot of pressure on the skin behind the ear, which can get red and sore. We tried so many different types of cushioning/padding, but they were unsightly or wouldn't stay in place. Then we found Scholl self-adhesive moleskin. It's meant for shoes, so it stays firmly in place, but can easily be cut to size and stuck on the inside arm of the glasses. It's soft enough to reduce the friction but it's also beige so it doesn't stand out. Available from most pharmacies.

Eczema relief

Eczema inside his ears was really driving my son crazy, we found olive oil drops helped alleviate his distress.

Wig tape

Use wig tape (double-sided sticky tape that is skin-friendly) to stick hearing aids to the back of ears. Cut about 5mm of tape and stick longways down the side of the hearing aid that will face the back of the ear. Then put the hearing aids on and gently press the ear against the tape.

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