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Massachusetts requires insurance companies to cover hearing aids for children

Paul and Nathan were born with hearing loss

Naturally, Lisa Adams was worried when she found out her twin infant sons, Nathan and Paul, were born with moderate hearing loss. She became even more concerned when her children’s audiologist, Amal Awdeh, AuD, explained how poor hearing during such a critical time in development could severely impact their budding language skills.

But Adams was quickly comforted when Awdeh explained how far hearing aid technology had come in recent years—with the right equipment, medical and educational teams supporting them—the twins’ speech would most likely develop just fine.

Paul and Nathan were fitted with hearing aids on loan from Boston Children’s Hospital, a practice that allows doctors to find the perfect match of hearing aid to patient before anything permanent is obtained and fitted.

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As toddlers the twins had loaner hearing aids

After a year Paul and Nathan’s growth was consistent, and doctors were pleased with the progress they were making with the loaner aids, so Adams took her sons to be fitted for their own hearing aids. The visit went well, right up until it was time to process payment.

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Listen up: The high volume of hearing loss

Kids and teens regularly exposed to second-hand smoke are almost twice as likely to develop hearing loss than children who aren’t usually around it, according to a recent study by the Archives of Otolaryngology. And if something as seemingly unrelated as second-hand smoke contributes to hearing loss in kids, what else can erode a child’s hearing?

Brian Fligor, ScD, director of Diagnostic Audiology at Children’s Hospital Boston, says everyday things that seem harmless are actually degrading our hearing without us realizing it. “Unfortunately, hearing loss is something that affects a lot of people, but it’s also something we can’t see,” he says. “It’s kind of a sinister thing.”

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This week on Thrive: March 1 – 5

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

Do you know how dangerous drowsy driving is for your teen? Teen brains really are different. Parents consider hastening death for terminally ill children. Do small changes in our diet really add up? Children’s Facebook page is named one of the best hospital pages. A Children’s critical care nurse tells her story about caring for Haitian earthquake victims on the USNS Comfort. Do you know how to recognize the early signs of autism? Learn why it’s important for young boys and girls to see female characters on screen. Children’s hearing needs to be protected beginning at a very young age.

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Protecting children's hearing

baby wearing headphonesChildren’s Brian Fligor, ScD, CCC-A, director of diagnostic audiology, is quoted in a recent article by The New York Times about the importance of protecting your children’s hearing.

Hearing loss from exposure to loud noises is cumulative and irreversible; if such exposure starts in infancy, children can live half their lives with hearing loss.

Learn more about the signs of hearing loss in your children and how to care for children with hearing loss.

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