Aural rehabilitation is a process of identifying and diagnosing a hearing loss, applying different types of strategies to those with hearing issues, and, if appropriate, implementing hearing aids to improve the patient’s hearing abilities.
Better communication can improve your quality of life.
Because aural rehabilitation’s goal is effective communication in the face of hearing loss, it can often provide the means for a higher quality of life through maintenance of rich social interactions instead of social isolation and depression. To be successful, it requires commitment from both the audiologist and the patients for a thorough assessment of the full spectrum of hearing issues. Second, all relevant medical diagnosis and treatment must be completed. Finally, single or multisession individual or family aural rehabilitation sessions can be completed in association with the fitting of a hearing aid, or other assistive devices or as a separate appointment. Strategies reviewed could incorporate greater awareness and use of visual cues in communication, modification of the patient’s frequented communicative environment, and counseling of the patient’s family and significant others. The goal of aural rehabilitation is to reduce the barriers to communication through use of effective communication strategies.
In addition to counseling and communication strategies, another useful aural rehabilitation tool is Auditory training. Often those with hearing loss find everyday conversations are difficult, especially in group settings or places with background noise. In addition to hearing aids, patients can start enhancing their hearing with an innovative auditory training program that trains your brain to listen and hear better.
Auditory brain training can also enhance the benefit and effectiveness of your hearing aids by improving your listening skills and allowing the brain to interpret new sounds more easily. The key to improving the benefit of your hearing aids in background noise is brain training.
Two online programs that help train your brain to listen better are: LACE (Listening And Communication Enhancement) and clEAR (customized learning: Exercises for Aural Rehabilitation). They are both fun, interactive online programs that you can use in your own home, or any quiet space with internet access.
Ask us how LACE or clEAR can help you hear better in noise and also help you get the most out of your hearing aids.