Check Out My Hearing Aid Bling

After my last post, Ponytail Exposes Hearing Aids to the World, a reader recommended a company that makes jewelry for hearing aids. I was even more captivated after learning that this company is the brainchild of a 12-year-old girl with hearing loss.

I fell in love with Hayleigh’s Cherished Charms after visiting the Web site.  Not only does Hayleigh design and sell these beautiful charms for hearing aids, but she works with her two sisters and mom to design earrings and bracelets for everyone.

So I ordered my first pair of hearing aid charms. I’m proud to show them off, along with my hearing aids…

What inspired Hayleigh to design her hearing aid jewelry?

“When I was little and attended a school for hard of hearing and deaf children, I noticed that a lot of kids tried to hide their hearing aids behind their hair,” she shares on her Web site. “I wanted to make my hearing aids shine and be fancy and proud of my hearing aids.”

Shine, they do. Visit Hayleigh’s Web site or Facebook page, and tell her Lipreading Mom sent you.

Thanks, Hayleigh, for making the world of hearing aids so pretty. 

Hayleigh of Hayleigh’s Cherished Charms

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9 thoughts on “Check Out My Hearing Aid Bling

  1. My 6-yr old daughter was just diagnosed with hearing loss and is going to be getting hearing aids. I don’t want her to feel like she has to hide them behind her hair or feel any shame or stigma about it. Seeing Hayleigh’s idea made me so excited, I got tears in my eyes! I can’t wait to show my daughter – she loves to accessorize, she’ll be all about it!

    • Dear Jess,

      It may be a bit upsetting at first because your daughter has joined us having a hearing loss, but don’t beat yourself up: stuff happens. The important thing is that you’ve moved forward and got hearing aids for your daughter… And she’ll be just fine.

      Here are several important things you need to know as a parent of a hard-of-hearing daughter:

      1) Watch for any signs of bullying: As my colleague Dr Jane Madell writes,

      Parents also need to be vigilant. Watch your kids. If they seem sad or uncomfortable, if they express concern about going to school, find out what is happening. And do not assume it is the hearing loss or other disability that is the problem. Kids can live with hearing loss. It is the way they are treated by others because of the hearing loss that is the problem.

      For more on this very important subject, please read Dr Madell’s new article Bullying and Kids with Hearing Loss

      2) Her using FM in the classroom is a must in order to give her full auditory access to the teacher; and it is incumbent on the school to supply it under IDEA 2006. Speak to the principal of her school and request a 504 plan — This is a step down from an IEP (Individual Education Plan; which requires team meetings & a blizzard of paperwork); but shoud be enough to get her the help she needs. Do not be bullied by the principal or school district audiologist that she “doesn’t really need it” or that “sitting her in the front of the room is good enough” — That is crap. ALL students who have a hearing loss MUST have FM, to decrease her listening effort. For much more on this, please see this comprehensive thread on FM.

      Dan Schwartz,
      Editor, The Hearing Blog
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