Aural Rehabilitation: Aural (re)habilitation is a therapy to hear the nuances and differences in the auditory signal around them. This can type of treatment can be done in a number of ways that are catered to the person’s difficulties in communication. We have worked in this field for some time and really enjoy helping people in all aspects of hearing.
For instance, the very basic for deaf patients is telling the difference between the presentation of a sound there or not and identifying what they are listening for. For higher-level auditory processing telling the difference between the word “Sheep” and “Sleep”, or “Bat” and Bought” is important. Running speech treatment can be even more complicated but often when words are in context, it helps make it easier as one can use “top-down” processing. Top-down processing is being able to use the context vs. bottom-up processing, which uses the details and not thinking about what it is people are talking about. This is fun to teach as well and train.
The therapy isn’t just for people who are deaf. Of course, some people are born with no hearing and are first trained with an introduction to sound on a very basic level. Other people have had a hearing and auditory abilities for a long time and then lose their hearing before fitting with a hearing aid for auditory sensitivity. The duration of deafness does matter in this training as the longer the duration of “deafness” the more treatment or basic aural rehab is required.
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