Hearing Aid Check
Why is a hearing aid listening check needed?
A child learning language needs the hearing aids to consistently provide a clear sound that is loud enough for him or her to hear speech. Hearing aids can malfunction for a variety of reasons, including normal daily wear and tear. The child cannot or may not tell you when there is a problem. Checking the hearing aids every day helps you to know if there is a problem, and reduces the amount of time the child is not hearing well.
Who should do the listening check?
Parents, speech-language pathologists, early interventionists, and teachers need to know that the child’s hearing aids are working well every day.
When should the listening check be done?
A hearing aid listening check should be completed each morning, prior to therapy and class, and whenever a concern arises.
What do I need to have on hand to check the hearing aids?
Your audiologist can order a hearing aid care kit for you. Ask your audiologist about a filtered stethoscope so the amplified sound is not too loud for you. To check the hearing aids and troubleshoot problems you will need:
- A listening stethoscope, this attaches to the earmold or hearing aid tone hook so you can listen to the amplified sound
- A battery tester
- A wire loop and brush to remove wax from the earmold
- An air blower to remove moisture from the earmold tubing
How do I check hearing aids?
Download English Language Handout [PDF]
Download Spanish Language Handout [PDF]
Source: NCHAM 2012
How to do a hearing aid listening check