Hearing Aids and Listening Devices for Children in Baton Rouge

Hearing Aids and Devices For Your Child

Because of the many styles and brands of hearing aids for children that are available, our audiologist works closely with you to ensure your child is fitted with an aid that best fits his or her needs, level of hearing loss and lifestyle. We have a wide variety of top-of-the-line brands available. Many of these are available with a three-year warranty that loss/damage coverage.

Here are some helpful guidelines to consider when selecting your child’s hearing aid:

  • FM-compatible – This is important for school-age children as many schools now offer FM wireless systems to amplify a teacher’s voice in the classroom for children with hearing impairments.
  • Fun colors – Letting children choose a hearing aid in a fun color often helps overcome any objections they may have to wearing it.
  • Petite in size – Hearing aid manufacturers have special pediatric lines of hearing aids to fit smaller ears, as well as special features to help “kid proof” their hearing aids.
  • Extended warranty – Kids are rough on just about everything, so an extended warranty makes good sense.
  • Water-resistant – While no hearing aid is water-proof, many are water resistant. This is the way to go to combat Louisiana humidity!
  • Parent care kits – These helpful tools typically come standard with all pediatric hearing aids.

Hearing Aid Lifespan & Maintenance
Hearing aids for children typically last three to four years. With regular care, it’s possible they could last even longer. Since the ear mold is made especially to fit your child’s ear, it’s likely you will need to have it changed every 6 months to 1 year, as they continue to grow.

Scheduling An Appointment
To schedule an appointment to get hearing aids for your child, you will need to have a comprehensive hearing evaluation that has been completed within the last six months by a licensed audiologist. If you have one, please mail  or fax it to:

The Emerge Center
Attention: Audiology
7784 Innovation Park Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70820
Fax: 225-343-4233

Please indicate that you are interested in obtaining hearing aids for your child. Most insurance in Louisiana covers pediatric hearing aids. Please include  your insurance information when scheduling your appointment.

If you do not have results of a current hearing test, you may schedule one with us. We must have the evaluation in hand before a hearing aid consultation can be scheduled.

Personal FM Systems

The introduction of personal FM systems in the school system has been a major advancement for children with hearing impairments, ADHD and auditory processing disorder (APD). This innovative technology allows teachers to wear a microphone or boom mike that sends a signal to a child’s hearing aid with reduced background noise. The benefit is that the child hears the amplified voice of the teacher, allowing them to more easily focus on what he or she is saying.

Setting up a personal FM system for your child at school is a collaborative effort between you and the school. That said, there are distinct roles for each:

  • The school is typically responsible for the FM system.
  • Parents are typically responsible for selecting a hearing aid that is FM-compatible and has the appropriate attachment.

Please note that these roles could be different depending on your child’s school, so it’s best to discuss this with the school in advance.

Cochlear Implants

For those children diagnosed with severe profound hearing loss who haven’t benefited from the use of hearing aids, it’s possible that a cochlear implant may be recommended. Cochlear implants are inserted beneath the skull to send sound waves directly to the auditory nerve, bypassing the ear altogether. The Emerge Center audiologists can determine if your child is a candidate for a cochlear implant. You may be referred to an otoneurologist, who performs the procedure, for further assessment. Our audiologists are trained in providing check-ups and troubleshooting for these devices.

Because the cochlear implant process eliminates all residual hearing in the implanted ear, a strict protocol is followed to determine if a child is a candidate for the procedure. The degree of hearing loss will determine whether or not a cochlear implant will be recommended.

Younger Children
The cochlear implant evaluation process for newborns and infants is as follows:

  • A child must be 12 months old or older to be considered for implantation.
  • He or she can be diagnosed as young as one month old.
  • Amplified intervention (use of hearing aids) can start between three and six months old with the child’s progress being reviewed six months after that.
  • Hearing aids must be used for up to three months with little success before cochlear implants can be recommended.
  • Medical testing, including a cat scan, will be performed to ensure your child’s anatomy is right for implants.

Older Children
If your school-age child has experienced progressive hearing loss (benefited from a hearing aid initially, but has seen a decrease over time in ability to hear clearly), he or she may be a candidate for cochlear implants. The cochlear implant evaluation process is as follows:

  • Medical testing, including a cat scan, will be performed to ensure your child’s anatomy is right for implants.
  • Hearing tests will also be performed to ensure he or she is no longer benefiting from the use of hearing aids.
  • The treatment team will confirm that the hearing loss is within the parameters/guidelines that a cochlear implant will be recommended.

Types of Listening Devices

The Emerge Center offers patients and their families a wide range of assisted listening devices or ALDs. All of these devices may be ordered directly from us and our team would be happy to provide any guidance that’s needed. To discuss what items are available, just speak with one of our team members.

Amplified phones

As the name implies, these corded and cordless phones offer listeners a higher volume level than standard phones. In addition to amplifying the conversations, many of these phones also have the capability to reduce background noises. There are a variety of models and features to choose from.

As a special service for our patients, The Emerge Center works with local agencies to provide free amplified phones for residents of the state of Louisiana.

Personal amplifier

Personal amplifiers are for individuals who have a more sedentary lifestyle and need some sort of amplification to talk one-on-one or in small groups. It’s similar in shape to a portable audio player like an iPod and comes with a hand-held microphone. This type of listening device is tough to lose, inexpensive to replace and very durable. Plus, it’s easy to replace the batteries.

Amplified alarm clocks

As with amplified phones, amplified alarm clocks have extra loud alarms as well as adjustable tone and volume settings. Some models include a bed shaker device that gently vibrates a pillow or mattress.

Signaling devices

There are a wide variety of signaling devices available for those who are hearing impaired. This includes:

  • Lamps that flashes when phone or doorbell rings.
  • Light boxes for phones with loud ringers and lights.
  • Transmitters that alert users that a door or window has been opened.
  • Severe weather alert system.
  • Door knock sensors.
  • Smoke, fire and carbon monoxide alarms with an extra loud alarm.

Baby monitors
These baby monitors alert the user to the cries of a baby. Depending on the model selected, these monitors may offer features such as louder volumes, visual indicator lights and vibrating alerts.