Encouraging Good Hearing Health Habits with Your Kids
I can remember the first time that my wife and I took our twins out in public after they were born. Even though we were only going out for a couple hours, we must have checked every safety precaution a hundred times and packed enough diapers, onesies and formula to last for a month. Quite simply, we were rookies to parenting and were trying to plan for any and every scenario.
As new parents, we knew we were not alone in our over-preparedness. As our kids get a bit older and become active in school and extracurricular activities, we make sure our kids are well fed, dressed in layers when it’s cold and have enough sunscreen on when it’s hot. While we want to make sure that all the essentials are taken care of, there is one area that many of us do not often think about: hearing protection.
Getting the little ones comfortable with wearing protective earwear at events like concerts & fireworks can build good habits that will preserve their hearing for their hearing for their entire life. Here are a few tips to make introducing earwear a little easier.
For younger children, we recommend wearing the earmuff style of hearing protection over earplugs. They are designed for smaller heads and are easy to clean. Here are a few tips for a smooth introduction to hearing protection:
Early Introduction: The sooner you can introduce protective earmuffs, the less likely kids will be to protest when they need to use them.
Let them choose: Getting the kids involved in what style and color they want. There are plenty of cool colors available on the market that will let them match a pair up with their style.
Have Patience: Don’t expect the little ones to take to the earmuffs right away. Try introducing them for less than a minute a day and working your way up to a longer time span. Even though the earmuffs are padded and comfortable, your child may need some time to get used to them.
It really is never too early to introduce hearing health best practices with your children. If you have questions about best practices, hearing exams or treatment, please be sure to contact one of our preferred hearing health providers.