Aural Rehabilitation Services are provided with every hearing aid purchased. Learning to hear better with a hearing aid is a partnership between you and the professional.
Everyone has a different hearing loss as well as different listening needs and experiences with hearing aid; therefore, we develop a customized program to help each individual maximize their hearing ability. At CSHC we recognize everyone’s hearing loss is different and unique. We listen to our patients needs and prepare a treatment plan accordingly.
We recommend when you come in for a visit you bring a family member with you. This allows us to educate the family members how to best communicate with those individuals who have hearing impairments.
Educational Seminars are also available to any group that is interested in learning more about hearing loss. We have an Audiologist that is available to speak at your meetings and will design a presentation around what your group is interested in learning.
Tips for good communication
- Reduce background noise as much as possible – turn down the television or radio. If possible move to a quieter location.
- Be in the same room – don’t try to speak with someone from another room. Face to face communication is the best.
- Use visual cues – make sure the room is lit well enough so the speakers face can be seen by a person with a hearing impairment. Visual cues significantly help the hearing impaired person understand what is being said.
- Always get the persons attention before you begin speaking – this is helpful for everyone, whether or not the individual is hearing impaired. This will keep you from having to repeat yourself.
- Don’t shout – Shouting changes the sound of your voice and can distort the sound the hearing impaired person is receiving. It also makes you look angry and can convey the wrong message. Instead speak clearly and at a normal rate of speech.
- Be supportive and patient – hearing aids help people to hear better but it is not restoring their hearing to normal. It is to be expected that there will be some times or environments that are still difficult for a person with a hearing impairment.
- Do not cover your mouth when speaking – visual cues are very important for a person with a hearing impairment.
- Re-phrase instead of repeating – often people with hearing impairments will have trouble with some words/sounds more than others.