See Also: Hearing Assistive Technology
Being able to hear can help your child's speech and language development. It can also help with social skills and school success. HATS can help your child hear.
FM systems are the HATS used most often with children. These systems are easy to move around and are not easy to break. They are useful in noisy places, like your child's classroom.
It is good to start using HATS when your child gets her hearing aid or cochlear implant. Your audiologist will make sure that your child’s hearing aid can work with HATS. The hearing aid will need certain features, like:
Make sure to ask if your child’s hearing aid has these features.
FM systems help your child in many ways, including:
Your child's school may use other HATS. Sound-field systems let the teacher talk into a microphone. The teacher's voice comes through speakers placed around the room. This lets all children hear the teacher. However, these systems are hard to use in a room with poor acoustics. Sounds bounce around rooms that have hard tables and no carpeting. It is hard to understand the teacher if his voice bounces around. Sound-field systems need good classroom acoustics.
Sound-field systems help all children, even those with normal hearing. They also help children who are learning English as a second language.
An audiologist will help find the right system for your child. They can test your child and make sure that the system works for her. They will also help your child's teacher use the system. Your child may have an Individualized Education Program, or IEP. Your child may have HATS included as part of the services needed to help him in school.
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