For kids with hearing aids, sometimes having a toy “just like them” can really help. Here are eight such toys, stuffed animals, and dolls I found for purchase online.
|Image of the Mr. BTE Doll
From Just Bekuz Products
The website Flaghouse sells Just Like Me Dolls which can be outfitted with a variety of accessories, including hearing aids, leg braces, and even an assistive dog. The dolls come in a variety of appearances and skin colors. The hearing aid accessory costs $1.25.
The hearing aid company Oticon offers Hearing Aid Care Kits when a hearing aid in their Safari line is purchased. The Hearing Aid Care Kitfor ages 0-4 includes a stuffed animal, Otto, who has his own hearing aids. There is an adorable picture of a little boy with his “Otto” on the Team Espinoza blog.
4. American Girl
American Girl now offers hearing aids for their dolls. The removable aids cost $14 and require the doll to be sent to their “Doll Hospital” so that the doll’s ear can be properly fitted for an aid on one or both ears. You can also order a doll complete with hearing aid from their website.
|A MyTwinn Doll with hearing aid.|
6. Sign Language Doll
These dolls cost between $80-$100. They wear hearing aids and have manipulative hands so that they can form signs. They have a little girl, a little boy, and a rabbit doll for purchase, and also allow you to buy a doll for a nonprofit organization of your choice.
7. Lakeshore Learning
Lakeshore sells adaptive equipment for dolls, designed to fit their Multiethnic School Dolls. I’ve read these can also fit other dolls or stuffed animals. You can purchase two hearing aids and two pairs of eyeglasses for $9.95 on the site.