Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Type of Resources

Text

Date Created

4-2023

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

Aural rehabilitation is the practice or set of practices included in an audiologists scope of practice that help individuals with hearing loss mitigate the negative effects it might have on their lives. Negative effects of hearing loss include but are not limited to; socioeconomic hardship, decreased quality of life, higher rates of depression, increased risk of falls, third-party disability, increased risk of cognitive decline, and higher rates of dementia. Despite the multitude of negative effects associated with hearing loss there are still people with hearing loss that site reasons not to receive treatment. For individuals that choose treatment there are those that are not satisfied with the results of technology alone, aural rehabilitation strategies should be implemented with these patients. Auditory training is a way to provide aural rehabilitation in an at home format. At home auditory training has been shown to increase quality of life, speech in noise understanding, speech discrimination, listening confidence, and the overall hearing healthcare experience. Current auditory training programs on the market for purchase include Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE), clEAR Works, 5 Keys Communication, Amptify, and Soundscape. Due to the continued lack of reimbursement for audiologists providing aural rehabilitation services, it is essential that audiologists are educated about these programs in order to select the program that will allow their patients to thrive. Audiologists are the experts in the area of aural rehabilitation and it is important to continue to demonstrate knowledge and exceptional patient care.

Degree type

Doctor of Audiology

Degree Name

Doctoral

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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