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Teenager to young adult
(12+ years)

During the transformation from child to adult, your teenager spends more and more time away from home in changing environments: school, sport halls, cafés, their best friend’s house etc. They need to be connected to their friends and the world. All these settings and situations require optimal hearing support.

“Who am I?”, mood swings and
close friendships

When childhood ends and the transformation into adulthood begins, you will witness a change in your child's personality and behavior. They will spend more and more time away from home and their closest friends are what matters most to them.

During these years your child’s brain is still growing and their central auditory system is not fully developed yet. They might often show signs that they are overwhelmed and confused. Their ability to define their own role depends on their success during their previous development phase. Your teenager will start to question your rules and values as well as those of the community. They will share less with you, because they want privacy and freedom. This may make you feel worried, because you realize that you are no longer able to protect them as much.

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Challenges and how to help

The goal of this phase is for your son or daughter to become a competent language user, who is able to make plans, communicate and manage complex social skills.

Hearing aids

  • During this period, it is important for the teenager and young adult to minimize misunderstandings and misconnections. To ensure this, the wearing of hearing aids at all times is critical. Rejected or limited use of hearing aids is a risk at this age and discreet hearing aids become even more important. With their small size and 360° open sound experience, Oticon Opn™ instruments can give teens the cosmetics they want and the performance they need in their demanding environments.

  • Teens also have more opportunities to participate in activities where background noise is present – cafes, concerts, sporting events and parties. In these settings, their hearing aids need to help them to focus and distinguish speech from noise. OpenSound Navigator™ technology in Opn helps the teen brain make sense of sound by providing less noise and preserving more speech cues.
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  • Oticon Opn provides better stimulation of the developing teen brain and therefore supports better potential for learning.
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Connecting to the world through digital gadgets

FM systems

When your son or daughter moves into higher education, they will often be taught in large auditoriums and not in classrooms. An FM system that communicates directly to their hearing aids is important in order for the student to hear and understand the teacher no matter where in the room he or she is located.

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Oticon Opn™ and ConnectClip

Keeping up with the latest digital gadgets is practically a necessity in the eyes of teens. Opn and ConnectClip can give your teen easy access to the same Bluetooth-enabled devices as their peers – so important in a young person’s life.

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As the world’s first Internet-connected hearing aid, Oticon Opn helps your teen connect to the exciting and dynamic digital audio world around them. Oticon Opn enables high-quality streaming from any modern smartphone to both hearing aids. And with the new ConnectClip accessory for Opn, your teen can safely make hands-free calls, stream music videos or other sounds from iPhone® or Android™ smartphones. ConnectClip also offers benefits for the classroom by providing access to tablets and PCs; furthermore, its remote microphone functionality allows the student to hear the teacher’s voice streamed directly from the ConnectClip to their Opn hearing aids.

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Leaving the nest

Is your child ready to take control of their life – and their hearing loss?

Guide
It is soon time to let go. It is important to respect the young adult’s right to make choices regarding their own life. Your role is different now; instead of being “an authority” taking charge, see yourself as “a mentor”, who they can ask for advice. Guide them towards education and resources relevant to adults with hearing loss.

Empower
Before you send your young adult off, it is a good idea to make sure that they are empowered to take care of their hearing loss and their equipment, as well as remember to make their own appointments with the hearing care center.

  • Support

    Troubleshooting, how to change batteries, clean your hearing aids, how to use accessories for TV, cinema and more.

  • Why children’s hearing is important

    Your child uses their hearing to learn to talk, read and write and not least for developing social skills.

  • The child’s environment and social life

    Hearing is important to develop social skills and be able to communicate in different environments.

  • Solutions

    Explore our adult hearing aid solutions for mild to moderate and severe to profound hearing loss.