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Advice From Your Audiologist: Aural Rehabilitation is a Must

Recovering from hearing loss isn’t simply a matter of putting in a pair of hearing aids then going about your daily life. By the time most people come in to have their hearing loss taken care of, they have adjusted to a certain level of hearing and understanding capacity. To overcome this, more than just assistive listening devices come into play.

That’s why it is critical that you work with experienced audiologists when you discover your hearing loss. By working with an audiologist, you can have access to aural rehabilitation to teach you how to listen, and process sounds again.

What Is Aural Rehabilitation?

Aural rehabilitation is a type of hearing therapy that incorporates multiple listening, communication, and comprehension techniques to improve your hearing and understanding.

Not all hearing health care professionals are trained to provide aural rehabilitation listening therapy, but our doctors of audiology are all educated and experienced in a wide variety of hearing modalities. If you choose to do aural rehabilitation with our audiologists, it will cover:

  • Education on how hearing loss affects hearing and comprehension.
  • How to adjust to listening with hearing aids.
  • Strategies on how to listen more effectively in various situations.
  • Provides focusing techniques so that you can hone in on conversations.
  • Counseling to help address personal hearing issues and sensory management.

Limits Of Assistive Hearing Devices

You may be wondering, why do you need aural rehabilitation, if hearing aids are supposed to help you hear better and re-engage with others again. Well, that’s because hearing aids and other assistive listening devices have limitations.

Consider this example situation—you have had hearing loss for 5 years, but have only recently received hearing aids. Your hearing loss has progressed to moderate hearing loss, which is enough loss that it likely began to make conversations with others, listening to audio entertainment, and other hearing activities difficult. When hearing loss has progressed that far, damage to the auditory system is highly probable.

If the auditory system has been restricted in the input it receives from your ears, it begins to die. The area of the brain that processes sound shrinks, and it cannot be recovered. That’s why it is essential that you catch hearing loss early on.

In any case, in our example, your moderate hearing loss and years of having it means that your auditory system has become impaired. This impairment means that some sounds can now be difficult to comprehend, and as you converse with others, you may find that understanding what they are saying is difficult.

Hearing aids won’t magically correct these issues, which is why our doctors of audiology recommend pairing aural rehabilitation as part of your hearing loss treatment.

How Hearing Loss Treatment Pairs With Aural Rehabilitation

Hearing aids are an essential part of correcting your hearing loss, but they are most effective when paired with aural rehabilitation. Engaging in aural rehabilitation with our doctors of audiology can bridge the gap between the inability to hear what is going on around you and the difficulty of understanding the sounds you do hear.

Once you are fitted with hearing aids, it is recommended that you used them in a variety of situations to improve your ability to hear. That way, you can adjust to hearing in different situations. However, simply sticking with it may not be enough.

With aural rehabilitation, our audiologists can work with you to smooth out the hearing aid adjustment process. With their help, you can learn new listening strategies that will help you adjust to your hearing aids more quickly as well as learning other tailored hearing methods.

How Aural Rehabilitation Improves Your Hearing

  • Easier time communicating with others – As you learn new listening techniques through aural rehabilitation, you will have a far easier time not just talking one-on-one with someone, but also in larger social situations.
  • Feel less strained – Trying to hear and understand can put a huge strain on your brain and drain you of energy quickly. By learning different strategies, you can significantly reduce the strain.
  • Reduce risks of cognitive decline – Mental strain caused by being unable to hear and comprehend can be a contributing factor to cognitive decline. Also, if you avoid socializing due to the strain and difficulty of hearing, that is another contributor to cognitive decline.
  • Improves quality of life – With less strain, better hearing and comprehension, and the ability to enjoy others’ company, your overall quality of life can be improved by aural rehabilitation.

If you are interested in aural rehabilitation and want to work with our doctors of audiology to improve your ability to hear and comprehend, contact us to set up an appointment today.

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