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Hearing Aid Technology

A Parent’s Guide to Hearing Aids

This guide provides a general overview of hearing aids, performing daily listening checks, trouble shooting tips, and hearing aid care and maintenance.

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FM Systems & How they Work

Background noise and a substantial distance between the person talking or sound source and the listener can create difficult listening situations especially for children with hearing impairments. A Frequency Modulated or FM system is the most commonly used device to overcome these difficulties. The main advantage of an FM System is to make speech clearer and background noise less bothersome.

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Cochlear Implants

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic hearing device that provides individuals with the sensation of hearing by bypassing the damaged part of the ear and stimulating the hearing nerve directly. A cochlear implant is an option when the child has very little remaining hearing, for example in severe or profound hearing impairment. A cochlear implant may be of more help than hearing aids in some cases, especially when the hearing impairment is so severe that even the most powerful hearing aid cannot make the sounds loud enough for the child to hear.

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Referral to the London Health Sciences Centre Cochlear Implant Program

Families considering application to the London Health Sciences Centre Cochlear Implant Program (LHSC-CIP) should be aware that a number of criteria are considered in the application process. Your Infant Hearing Program Audiologist can assist with review of the following eligibility criteria.

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Assistive Devices Program

What kind of hearing aids are covered by the Assistive Devices Program (ADP)?
Behind-the-ear hearing aids, in-the-ear hearing aids, canal and completely-in-the-canal hearing aids, eyeglass hearing aids and body hearing aids. ADP also covers FM systems and some accessories.

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