Before we move on, I’d like to take a moment to reveal the crazy places that my children have hidden or lost a hearing aid. Both of my kids have hidden their hearing aids, torn them apart, or threw them somewhere. I have found hearing aids under the mattress, dug into the dirt of a plant, outside on a hosta leaf, the grass, a pant pocket, and the toy bin to name a few. What is my daughter’s favorite place to hide her hearing aid you ask? The garbage. The number of times I have shifted through nasty banana peels, and coffee grounds in search of a lost hearing aid makes me want to break out in hives just remembering.
My Staying Sane Guide to Keeping Hearing Aids In
- Step 1 – I made it a goal to attempt to put my children’s hearing aids in every single day.
- Step 2 – If she takes them out, I offer to put them back in (I never force). Sometimes she wanted them out; sometimes I think they just flipped off. So there were times when she let me put them back in, while other times she refused.
- Step 3 – If she refuses, let that be okay for the moment and try again at another time.
- Step 4 – Remind yourself it will get better. Your child will wear them eventually. It might not be today, or even tomorrow. But there will be a day when it clicks. It may be sudden, or it might be subtle, but it will happen.
Some days she had them in for most the day, some days it was 10 minutes. In the meantime, we learned some sign language to help bridge our communication gap. I used strategies like signing songs, distraction, or having someone else put them in besides myself. Sometimes that worked and sometimes that didn’t. There was never one full proof answer. I had to be flexible and flow with her.
I know it is hard. It’s a kind of hard that only another Momma with children with hearing loss can truly grasp. Give yourself grace. Give your children grace. What is right for other kids might not be right for your kid. You are their mom, and you know best. Do what works for your family.