Aural Rehabilitation is for recent cochlear implant recipients, who already have established spoken language skills.
One of the most important steps in the Cochlear Implant process is participating in an Aural Rehabilitation Program following the initial activation. Research studies show that patients adjust to the cochlear implant more quickly and achieve greater overall success because of the Aural Rehabilitation program.
In the Aural Rehabilitation Program, you will complete listening exercises with a licensed Listening and Spoken Language Specialist to help teach your brain how to listen and understand with the Cochlear Implant.
Each Aural Rehabilitation session is tailored to your personal needs and goals but you can expect to include some or all of the following components:
• Counseling and Guidance
• Auditory Training
• Communication skills training
• Conversational techniques
• Coping Mechanisms
• Voice Therapy
• Speech reading
• Practice/training with your assistive listening devices
• Rhythm - Timing
• Speech production training
• Information on the auditory system and hearing loss