Aural rehabilitation and education services
Adult aural rehabilitation refers to a wide range of educational services that help people with a hearing loss improve their listening and communication skills. These services are usually regular and ongoing, involving you, your family, and hearing and speech professionals such as audiologists and speech pathologists.
Access to sound and language is essential for the everyday interactions which happen in your workplace, at home and in a wide range of social situations. Hearing rehabilitation helps you manage your hearing loss by teaching you how to make the most of your hearing device, in a range of different listening environments.
You may be learning to listen again with a hearing aid or with a cochlear implant or direct bone conduction system. Regardless of your treatment pathway, it’s important to remember that technology is just one part of improving your hearing. Regaining your confidence in a world of sound requires training, practice and the active engagement of you, your loved ones and your hearing and speech specialists.
Some topics typically covered in adult aural rehabilitation include:
Understanding your hearing loss - it’s important for both you and the people closest to you to understand your specific hearing loss. With these insights, you can better manage your conversations and listening environments, and your friends and family can interact more effectively with you.
Understanding your hearing device - familiarising yourself with the functions of your new hearing aid or cochlear implant is a crucial part of managing hearing loss. Your hearing and speech specialists will help you establish reasonable expectations of what your device will and won’t do, explain how to care for your device, show you how to troubleshoot problems, and address your specific concerns and questions.
Assistive listening devices - your hearing and speech specialists will help you explore how assistive listening devices such as personal FM systems and infrared systems can improve your hearing in a range of different situations.
Communication strategies - speech reading and learning to interpret visual cues are important skills which can significantly enhance your understanding of conversations. Other key communication tactics include handling conversation assertively, rearranging your home to improve acoustics and dealing with background noise. Speech pathologists are typically the professionals who provide this training, although other hearing and speech specialists may also be involved.
Legal rights - it’s important to know how the laws in your country provide for people with hearing loss in the workplace and in public meeting places like hospitals, courtrooms, and places of worship.
Support networks - an important part of your aural rehabilitation is getting in touch with the different support groups for hearing loss. Whether you have a hearing aid or an advanced hearing solution such as a cochlear implant, there are many people who have gone through the same experience, who can offer both emotional and practical support.
Resources - there is a wide range of information and activities designed to help people with hearing loss re-learn listening and language skills. Your hearing and speech specialists will connect you with the best resources for your specific treatment path.
The information on this website is for educational purposes, and is not intended to replace medical advice. Please consult a hearing healthcare professional to diagnose or treat a hearing or health problem.