These tricks will make your child’s hearing aids quite the treat!
Decorating hearing aids and cochlear implants is a great idea during this and any time of the year if you know what you’re doing. Here we answer some common questions we get about decorating hearing aids and cochlear implants.
1. Can I decorate my child’s (or my own) technology?
Sure! Anything that is motivational for children, tweens, and teens is great fun, as long as the “bling” doesn’t damage the aid — and there are a variety of options to choose from. Some of our technology partners have hearing aids in bright colors and/or with superhero or animal prints. Stick-on “jewels” designed for use on fingernails are great, as well as simple small stickers.
2. What parts should I be careful of? What materials do you approve of?
It is imperative that decorations do not compromise the microphone ports in any way. Do not risk any moisture penetrating the hearing aid joints from liquid glue, paint, etc. Stickers may leave residue that can be removed with alcohol.
3. What if I’m not that crafty?
Some of our technology partners have pediatric products. Plus there are great resources online. Try looking at Etsy or Pinterest for ideas; we’ve seen everything from twists to charms, headbands to clip-on pieces. Even if you don’t buy anything, these are great resources for inspiration.
4. Have you found that if a child’s hearing aids are decorated or “kid friendly,” they are more likely to wear them?
Yes! Especially for kids ages 3 to 10 years old. They love the fun colors and superhero accessories. Tweens and teens often enjoy “blinging out” their technology with charms and jewels.
5. Any other tips or tricks?
While this is a Halloween theme, decorating can happen all year — just look for removable options when decorating!
Before you start decorating, be sure to consult a hearing professional to ensure that your plan won’t compromise the performance of the tech or make it more susceptible to loss or damage. Contact us today to start getting crafty!