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At UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the successful use of these devices and invite you to participate. Please read the following information to learn about their use and how you can help.
Hearing aids are delicate instruments that need attention to ensure good operation. Before you put the hearing aid on your child, you should give it a quick visual inspection and listening check. Here is a checklist you should follow every day:
A parent or caregiver must listen to the hearing aid every day before putting the hearing aid in the child’s ear. Listen for static or crackling sounds. By doing this daily check, you will notice right away if the hearing aid is not working properly. If you think that there is a problem, call your audiologist.
To keep your child’s hearing aids and earmolds working well, you must keep them clean and store them safely.
Weekly or As Needed Care
Health insurance coverage varies by employer, so you should check with your insurance carrier to see if hearing aids, earmolds, or assistive listening devices are covered by your plan. If your child's hearing aids are not covered by your insurance, Pennsylvania residents can apply for medical assistance through the state. Most children are eligible to receive medical assistance as a secondary insurance if they have a hearing loss. Your audiologist can give you information on how to apply for medical assistance if your insurance won't cover your child's hearing aids.
If you think there is a problem with the hearing aid, first go through the hearing aid checklist. If it still does not work, contact your audiologist. Also, notify your child's teachers or therapists that your child's hearing aid is not working properly so they can make adaptations until the hearing aid is replaced.
One reason might be the tubing. Check the tubing portion of the earmold. Look for cracks, tears, or small holes, especially near the point where the tubing enters the earmold. The tubing sometimes can be replaced. Call your audiologist to have the tubing repaired.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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