Chronicle of a deaf audiologist

When will hearing loss rehabilitation be a bigger discussion?

I’m just sitting here waiting for hearing loss rehabilitation to be a bigger discussion.

There is a tendency in hearing care to focus on hearing aids. Aural rehabilitation is seen as something done by other professionals or not at all.

With hearing aids, immediate outcomes can vary from person to person. Many adults with acquired hearing loss are looking for a full restoration—a “cure.” It is our inability to meet this expectation that creates the need for a holistic approach to hearing rehabilitation that goes beyond sensory management.

Aural rehabilitation can help reduce listening effort, improve active participation socially, and improve communication confidence. (If you have not heard of the term “aural rehabilitation” before, it includes auditory training, lipreading instruction, communication strategies, and more….)

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    Sandra Vandenhoff

    Dr. Sandra Vandenhoff is an audiologist with hearing loss, founder of HEARa, Hearing Rehabilitation teacher, and Canadian author, who does not remember saying on her first day of wearing hearing aids: "Mom, I can hear my shoelaces!"

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