Auditory rehabilitation helps individuals improve their listening skills and communication performance with hearing aids, implants, and assistive devices. Research shows that listening and understanding improves for those who receive individual or group auditory rehabilitation. Family members and friends are included in the therapy process to support the integration of new and developing auditory skills at home, work and in social environments.
Auditory Rehab Post Cochlear Implantation
Auditory rehabilitation therapy is important to maximize the communication benefits of cochlear implants. Improvements following the initial programming sessions tend to happen quickly. The hearing technology provides access to sound but understanding speech takes practice. Therapy can help with learning to recognize environmental sounds and understanding speech. Many people find that auditory rehabilitation enhances their ability to enjoy social activities, understand conversations, and for many use the phone and listen and enjoy music.
For new users of cochlear implants who have already developed spoken language, rehabilitation is designed to integrate the new sounds of the cochlear implant with existing auditory skills. Whether a child is getting a second implant or a teenager or an adult is receiving his or her first, auditory rehabilitation will support the transition to the new hearing device.
For individuals from a visual-based language system, one main goal of therapy is to help integrate the sound and hearing available from the new cochlear implant device into their lifestyle for improved communication and self-advocacy. The therapy follows an auditory hierarchy individualized based on the patient's skills and based on their need.
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