Hearing aids have become so much more technologically advanced that they even include devices which allow the users to listen to IPODS! In-line telephone amplifiers can be carried on trips to help with hotel phone use. There are devices the hearing impaired can take to movie theaters to help them hear the movie while blocking out the unnecessary background noises.
One of the popular companies that seem to be on top with their innovating products that carry users into the future is Starkey. They have aids that will appeal to children as well as adults. If your child is embarrassed at the thought of having to learn to use a hearing aid, their feelings should be respected. Starkey can help ease the situation. They've taken the care and the time to help equip children around the world.
It may help to have the child first try the hearing device at home for a short while before having them use it at school. They must become accustomed to the feel of the aid and may need help feeling less self-conscious about using an aid. They'll have to be taught the proper care, handling, storage, and not to share the aid with other curious children. Try finding other children who also wear a hearing aid who may be willing to communicate with your child. Children's care facilities, children's hospitals, other adults who wear hearing aids... all have potential for a support system for your child.
The Starkey Hearing Foundation has provided over 20,000 aids to people who needed help acquiring them. It's located in Minnesota, but reaches far beyond with its assistance.
Starkey has a program called StarKids, which is a help to parents and children as they learn about hearing aids. You may need the hearing aid yourself and will want to help your child understand your device better.
Starkey Laboratories used to be a small ear mold company until William F. Austin took an interest in it. He merged it with his own company, which repaired hearing devices. Now there are Starkey facilities in more than 24 countries, with subsidiary companies in California and Minnesota. You may have heard of Audibel, Micro-Tech, and Nu-Ear.
Starkey has aids with helpful features that include a diagnostic tool that provides a performance report of the hearing aid. It will actually remind you when it's time for your follow-up visit! If you're interested in this particular aid, it's called the Destiny 1600 and runs around $2400. Keep in mind that the best hearing aid features will cost more. If you just want the basics, Starkey has those as well.
For models like the Davinci PSP line, the cost can be as much as $2200. The Sierra line sells for $1700. Starkey's Axent line sells for $2100. The Aspect Xtra sells for $2100. There are lower cost Starkey products, such as the Starkey A13 MPT-1 and the Starkey A13 Sequel MMP BTE-1. Aids along this line can run anywhere from $570 to $1400.
A few of the famous people who have been associated with the Starkey name are Ronald Reagan, Elton John, and Jay Leno.