Hearing Rehabilitation (also known as aural, auditory or audiologic rehab) is the process of providing training and treatment to improve hearing for those who are hearing impaired. Aural rehabilitation services focus on adjusting to hearing loss, making the best use of hearing aids, exploring assistive devices, managing conversations, and taking charge of communication.
Topics typically discussed include the following:
Nature of the hearing loss. By better understanding your hearing loss, you will gain new insights into:
- Why it seems that people are mumbling
- Why you “hear” but cannot “understand”
- Why you have trouble with female voices
- Other questions that may have been troubling you for so long
Your family’s understanding of your hearing loss.
- Your family does not know how you hear. What they do know is that you do not hear well. They know they often use a lot of energy trying to communicate with you. Sometimes, the audiologist will play a recording that simulates your hearing loss so that your family can understand better what you are experiencing.
The hearing aid.
- We may take this opportunity to review different types of hearing aids and how they work. This helps to explain why a specific style of hearing aid type of hearing aid may have been recommended. This review also helps family members understand that the hearing aid was a specialized prescription.
- We also will discuss realistic expectations and limitations with hearing instruments. When people have realistic expectations, it is easier to adjust to the hearing aid. Also, your audiologist will review how to take care of the hearing aid, explain how to troubleshoot problems, and answer any questions. So much information is given to you at the time of the hearing aid fitting that it is difficult to absorb everything; our dedicated staff is always available to be reached for follow up questions. Also, more questions will come to mind after the hearing aid has been used for some time.
- Hearing aids are dispensed on a 45-day trial period. During this trial period you will see the audiologist to assess how the hearing aids are working for you in your everyday environments. You will have the opportunity at these appointments to address the questions you may have throughout the trial process.