Auditory Rehabilitation

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:

  • Counseling
  • 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
  • Guidance
    • 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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