What Is Aural Rehabilitation?
Aural rehabilitation is the process of helping someone effectively adjust to and manage his or her hearing loss. Methods of rehabilitation are focused on helping overcome the challenges caused by hearing loss, therefore improving the quality of day-to-day life. Adult rehabilitation strategies differ significantly from those used for children.
Adult rehabilitation may be offered in individual or group settings and generally encompasses these main points:
- Adjusting to and learning about your specific type of hearing loss
- Improving communication skills
- How to use, care for, and make the most of your hearing aids
- Exploring accessories for your hearing aids
The Different Parts of Aural Rehabilitation
Aural rehabilitation looks different for everyone. To find out what is right for you, talk to your hearing care provider.
1) Adjusting to and Learning About Your Specific Type of Hearing Loss
All hearing impairments aren’t the same, which is why it’s important to find out what caused yours, what characterizes your type of loss, and how it affects your functional hearing and communication abilities. This will not only help relieve frustrations when retraining your brain, it will also help you explain to your loved ones and friends what you go through.
2) Improving Communication Skills
Communicating involves more than just verbal skills; there are many pieces involved.