Even when you've found the hearing aids for you, they don't work right away as your glasses. Getting the most out of them takes time, work, and the right mindset.
That's where aural rehabilitation can help.
What is aural rehabilitation?
Aural rehabilitation is a type of occupational therapy that uses technology and training to help people with hearing loss. Aural rehabilitation is also called auditory rehabilitation.
Aural rehabilitation helps people with hearing loss develop the skills they need to use their remaining hearing. It can improve your ability to understand speech, follow directions, communicate with others, and do many other essential things in daily life.
What is involved in Aural Rehabilitation?
Under the watchful eye of our experienced hearing professionals, you benefit from various treatments and methods to help you hear better.
Getting the most out of your hearing aids.
You'll get the most out of your new hearing aid if you know exactly what it's meant to do (and what it's not meant to do). Using hearing technology doesn't mean everything is fixed, so knowing what is possible with your devices will help you get used to them better.
Learning how to hear certain sounds again.
Many people with hearing loss wait a long time before getting help. Because of this, the brain is often relearning how to listen to and understand sounds it hasn't heard in a while. This learning process can go faster if you get help early before your hearing loss gets too bad.
Observing visual cues.
When one sense isn't working well, the other senses can help, but they must be trained. Aural rehabilitation is when you learn new ways to make up for what you can't hear, like reading lips or using body language.
Speechreading is also called "lip reading" because it involves learning to recognize sounds and how they "look" when spoken.
In general, aural rehabilitation is very effective, with most people's ability to understand conversation in noisy places getting better by about 40%. These improvements are permanent, but a refresher round of aural rehabilitation can sometimes help a person maintain their skills.
If you're ready to start, give us a call today to set up a consultation and hearing test.