Thursday, February 19, 2015

Auditory Rehabilitation- What to Expect.

Today's post can be found at:  Med-El

Nothing is most important to realizing the benefits of having a cochlear implant than auditory rehabilitation therapy. Improvements following initial programming sessions tend to happen quickly, but further improvements can surface for many months and even years. The involvement of your family and friends in the therapeutic process greatly enhances success.
You can expect therapy programs to include some or all of the following components:
    Auditory training, including analytic skill development
    Communication skills training
Conversational techniques - Repair strategies
Assertiveness training - Interpersonal skills
Coping mechanisms 
    Voice therapy
Articulation - Voice and resonance
Rhythm - Timing
    Speech production training
    Speech reading
Information on the auditory system 
and hearing loss
The effects of hearing loss on communication
The impact of background noise and 
poor listening conditions
The importance of visual input, audiovisual 
integration and attending behavior
The impact of talker differences 
and social conditions
Benefits and limitations of speech reading
Benefits and limitations of assistive devices
The use of community resources
Self-help groups

Depending on individual needs, therapy goals 
may include:
    Development of realistic expectations
    Systematic auditory and auditory-visual training 
    Communication skills training

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