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Teens are at an especially challenging age for hearing loss. They want to establish independence and define their own sense of style...

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How to talk to your teen about hearing loss

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Teens are at an especially challenging age for hearing loss. They want to establish independence and define their own sense of style but there is a fine line between being unique and being too different from everyone else. Adolescents with hearing loss often worry that wearing hearing aids will cause others to judge them or cause peers or teachers to see them as “needy” of special treatment. Other kids and even some adults can make these faulty assumptions all too often.

Teens need to feel confident and empowered about hearing wellness. That means being well informed and armed with confidence, so they can ignore even the most insensitive comments or prejudices. We put together a list of talking points to help you and your teen do just that. So, get some ice cream, grab a basketball, or just go for a walk and use these ideas to have a heart to heart talk with your teen about hearing wellness...

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