The goal of aural rehabilitation is to reduce or eliminate various hearing deficits and, as much as possible, restore hearing to “normal.” At Now Hear This®, we are proud to offer aural rehabilitation services (also known as audiologic rehabilitation) to individuals in Raleigh and the entire Triangle region of North Carolina suffering from hearing loss.
Our Raleigh aural/audiologic rehabilitation services, carried out by our audiologist Dr. Fisher, Board Certified in Audiology, can be conducted individually or in small groups. We provide a variety of therapies to patients who have difficulty hearing and apply the use of various programs and different amplification devices to improve auditory function.
Topics Covered During Aural Rehabilitation
According to the American Speech and Hearing Association, valuable, informative topics covered during aural rehabilitation can include the following:
- Understanding Your Hearing Loss — Knowledge is power, and knowing the details about your specific hearing loss can help you better cope. Discussing your challenges and concerns with your audiologist and family can help you better understand your individual hearing problems.
- Your Family’s Understanding of Your Hearing Loss — Your family may be unaware of your personal challenges with hearing loss. Our audiologist, Dr. Sarah Kate Fisher, can take them through simulated exercises that will help them better understand what you are dealing with.
- Your Hearing Aid — Dr. Fisher will review how your hearing aid works, its specific features, and how you can take advantage of all the benefits it has to offer. This is the ideal time for you to ask questions about how your aids will meet the needs of your hearing loss and your common communication situations.
- Learning to Listen Again — Even if you do not wear hearing aids and are only dealing with mild hearing loss, aural rehabilitation can teach you techniques to greatly enhance your listening skills and communication effectiveness. Through proper training and diligent practice, you will be able to acquire new listening habits.
- Assistive Listening Devices — In addition to hearing aids, there are other listening devices that can help you improve interactions at home, at work, and in social situations.
- Using Visual Clues — Speech reading training provides instruction on how sounds are made, based upon mouth movements. Being attentive to how individuals use body language to express themselves has proven to be a great help to people with all forms of hearing loss.
Audiologic Rehabilitation Strategies & Techniques
Now Hear This® utilizes the following audiologic rehabilitation strategies, as recommended by the American Speech and Hearing Association, to help patients adapt to life with hearing loss:
- Handling Conversation — This involves developing techniques to better facilitate conversation, such as asking people to face you when speaking, learning how to ask questions, and more.
- Strategic Arrangement of Your Home — Simple things such as adding carpeting to absorb noise, improving lighting so you can better see mouth movements, and arranging furniture for face-to-face conversation can greatly improve your ability to have meaningful conversations.
- Dealing with Background Noise Outside the Home — Learn how to handle social situations outside of the home in settings that may be noisy, such as restaurants and stores.
- Knowing Your Legal Rights — You will learn about your legal rights under laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, and how they influence requirements to accommodate your hearing challenges in public places.
- Attending Support Groups — Joining a community support group gives you the opportunity to learn from the experience of others.
Enjoy Life More Fully with Aural Rehabilitation & Better Hearing from Now Hear This®
Our staff is here to help you manage your hearing loss, and give you the resources you need to live life more fully. Questions? Contact Now Hear This® today by calling 919-256-2898 to learn more about our aural rehabilitation services in Raleigh, NC.