Unlike adult hearing aid wearers who want their hearing aids to blend in, young children love to see their hearing aids decorated in bright colors and stickers in order to make them cool or pretty. There are all sorts of accessories that are available for hearing aids – stickers, charms, glittery ear molds. Your child might enjoy the chance to decorate his hearing aids in his own unique style so that others can see what sports, colors, or activities he likes.
When my son first wore his hearing aids (they were decorated with soccer ball stickers) to his preschool class, one of the little girls was so excited that she went home and told her mom that when she got her hearing aids she wanted pink ones with glitter!
Below is a top five round-up of websites for some ideas:
Ear-Gear – Colorful and practical at the same time! Ear Gear bills itself as “Hearing Instrument Armor” They describe their product as “a water resistant double layered, spandex nylon sleeve that protects hearing instruments from loss, rain, sweat, dust and dirt, and makes hearing instruments more comfortable to wear.”
As an added bonus they make a pair with a cord and a clip that attach to the back of your child’s shirt. When my son was small he wore the ones with the cord and clip to school and when he was playing outside. Now that he is a little bit older he wears the sleeve only when he is skiing, playing hockey, or just running around on a humid day.
Plus, Ear Gear is a family run business, and they have a great story of how the product was developed (hint: it all began with a mother’s frustration). Read their story here. Love this company!
Hayleigh’s Cherished Charms – This site will bring out the fashionista in you! (Good luck choosing just one!) Hayleigh is young girl who decided to take her hearing aids to the next level and decorate them for all to see. Her designs are constantly changing and are perfect to add a little extra oomph to your hearing aids and cochlear implants. My son loves the “tube twists”, which come in orange, his favorite color. Next purchase, we are going to ask Hayleigh if she can make a custom pair of NY Rangers twists!
Stickers – These are probably my son’s favorite, plus I like them because they are so easy to change. Custom-sized stickers and decals are generally available from almost any hearing aid or cochlear implant company. The stickers we received from Oticon are sport themed so my son can display his favorite sports and change them as often as he wants. Ask your audiologist, or contact the company directly.
Tube Riders – Another cool idea started by a mom (gotta love those moms!) Originally conceived to help her son personal his glasses, but with a little experimentation (and a suggestion from her husband) they expanded to hearing aids. Slip them on and change them up!
DIY decoration – If you are one of those crafty people, then you are only limited by your imagination! For inspiration Google “hearing aid” or “cochlear implant” decorations. You will be amazed at what you find. This blog post has a great round-up of photos. Have fun!