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Hearing Loss and Safety

Hearing Loss and Safety

If you child has a hearing loss, there may be extra safety concerns in addition to the general safety concerns for your child’s stage of development. These tips can help you keep your child with a hearing impairment safe.  Adapt these tips to meet the needs of your child and family. What works now may change as your child grows and develops.

Button Battery Safety

Small batteries used for hearing aids are toxic if swallowed. Do not leave batteries laying on counters, nightstands, etc. Keep extra batteries out of reach and out of sight.

Hearing aids for small children include a tamper-resistant battery door.

If you suspect your child has swallowed a battery, take them to the Emergency Room immediately.

At Home

Visual alerting devices are available to signal a doorbell, telephone, alarm clock or fire alarm. Many of these devices can be purchased online and are easy to install.

In the Neighborhood

When crossing the street, your child needs to look both ways. Your child should then look back before crossing again.

Put rear-view mirrors on your child’s bicycle. It will help them see approaching cars.

On the Road

Talk with your teen driver about the importance of wearing hearing devices while behind the wheel. You need good hearing in both ears in order to localize other cars and emergency vehicles.

Last Updated 03/2019

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