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Auditory Rehabilitation Tools for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Listeners

Submitted by Paula Rosenthal on March 10, 2009 – 12:48 am9 Comments

istock_000007716491xsmallWhen children and adults begin using hearing aids and cochlear implants, they are often encouraged to commit to auditory rehabilitation and therapy. This will train their ears and strengthen their ability to use the hearing they have so they can become better listeners. In therapy, the deaf or hard of hearing person will practice distinguishing different sounds, and also listen to sentences, phrases, single words and nonsense words as they progress. Auditory training helped me to acclimate to my cochlear implant very quickly. Within 7 weeks of activation, I was able to purchase and hear with great clarity on a cell phone. I wasn’t able to successfully use any phone for 3 years prior to getting the cochlear implant! While results are different for everyone, I know that working with a therapist on listening skills sped my hearing recovery along.

Auditory rehabilitation can be done with a professional, typically a speech language pathologist, with a family member or friend or on your own. Check your health insurance plan to see if auditory therapy is covered.

There are many great resources available for self-rehabilitation, some free and some fee based. I’ve listed several of them for you below. If you have a great source for listening practice, please submit it in the Comments section below for other members of the HearingExchange community. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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NPR’s Podcast Directory

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From Cochlear Implant Manufacturers

Cochlear America’s Self-Rehabiliation Tools

Listening rehab for teens and pre-teens

The Listening Room from Advanced Bionics

Download Websites for Listening Practice here

Med El’s Auditory Rehabilitation Resources


CI Hear Links to Auditory Rehabiliation Resources

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  • Norton says:

    I am considering a CI. I would like to be put in contact with someone who has the had the procedure. I have attended meetings and meet many persons who have had the procedure, but there situations were not like mine. Most of these people were either deaf or almost completely deaf. My hearing is very bad, but through lip reading and quiet enviroments I function fairly well. I can’t understand a word in a movie, plays, or lectures. I am very concerned that I might lose what hearing I do have in exchange for the CI. Can you help with my request?

  • runner says:

    I too am interested in hearing from someone who has had a CI. I am late stage deaf and struggle with social interactions. I can’t hear lecture movies or anyone talking unless it is one on one in a perfect room with carpet and not a high ceiling and the person talks loud and looks at me. Unfortunately I am new to deaf world and I am not adapting too well.

  • Patrick says:

    I have had a cochlear implant dont a year ago in the left ear and now just got implanted in the right ear awaiting activation. feel free to email me if you want to ask me questions patrick . pate @ gmail . com

  • Pamela Maschek says:

    I am a 65 year old woman who has experienced gradual hearing loss for many years. I didn’t realize how bad it was until I recently underwent a comprehensive hearing evaluation. I could benefit from one or preferably two hearing aids, but the prices are totally out of reach for me. I am on Medicare, which does not cover these costs. I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Could someone lead me to some financial assistance for hearing aids in or near my home town? Thank you in advance.

  • Seth says:

    Hello Pamela,

    You may want to try getting state assistance. Look up Louisania Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. They might be able to help, or forward you to someone that can.


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