Summer camps like those at Glass Recreation Center can allow children to make new friends and enjoy exciting activities like field trips and arts and crafts.
However, if you have a child with hearing loss, you might be worried about potential challenges they might face. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to ensure your child is prepared for summer camp.
Research Summer Camps in Your Area
Research camps in the area before you decide on what camp is best for your child. Reach out to staff beforehand and ask whether or not they’ve had previous campers with hearing loss attend and what kind of accommodations they can offer before signing your child up.
Speak With a Staff Member
Once you’ve decided on a camp, inform staff members, including counselors, bus drivers and anyone else your child might come into regular contact with, that they have hearing loss. Let them know how they can effectively communicate with your child and have someone there know the basics of how to care for your child’s hearing aids and troubleshoot any issues that may arise.
Make Sure Your Child Has All Their Hearing Accessories
Whether your child is going to a day camp or spending the night, it’s important they have all the supplies they need to hear their best. In addition to hearing aids, this may mean extra batteries, a waterproof case to store them in and any tools needed to clean or care for their device while they are away.
Help Your Child Feel Comfortable Talking About Their Hearing Loss
Children are curious and like to ask questions. Other campers may wonder why your child wears hearing aids or have other questions about hearing loss.
Before they head to camp, teach your child ways to talk about their hearing loss and even how to tell people about ways to help them hear better in noisy environments. Knowing what to say will put your child more at ease, and their knowledge can benefit other kids as well.
Concerned About Your Child’s Hearing?
Research tells us that 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with some degree of hearing loss in one or both ears. While most pediatric hearing loss is discovered during newborn screenings, sometimes symptoms don’t show up until they are a little older.
If you’ve noticed that your child seems to have trouble hearing or favors one ear over the other, call SoundLogic today and schedule an appointment to have their hearing evaluated.