by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
Some children are much more accepting of their hearing losses and their need to wear hearing aids if they have friends or siblings that also wear hearing aids, or even a doll or teddy bear that is “hard of hearing” and wears hearing aids just like they do.
The question is, “Where can you get an appropriate doll that wears hearing aids?” Look no further. I just discovered that Lakeshore Learning Materials carries a line of dolls that wear hearing aids—just like your son or daughter does.
To see these dolls, go to Lakeshore’s website. In the search box at the top type “multi-ethnic school dolls”. There are dolls of 5 ethnicities—black, white, Hispanic, Asian or native American. You can choose either a girl or boy doll from any ethnic origin.
To find the hearing aids for these dolls, type “hearing aids” in the search box and then click on the resulting picture. From the various adaptive equipment sets, choose the set of two hearing aids and two pairs of eyeglasses.
Watch your child’s eyes open wide when they discover their new doll is wearing hearing aids just like them! Bet it will be love at first sight.