Help Beyond Hearing Aids – Do I Need Auditory Training?
When wearing hearing aids, do you:
• Hear but not “understand?”
• Say “huh” or “what?”
• Struggle to remember what someone just said to you?
• Have trouble “keeping up” or think others talk too fast?
Even a mild hearing loss can create changes in the brain. This means that one may lose the tools necessary to process and comprehend speech. Auditory training helps to target this change at the level of the brain. By “exercising” these skills, you can rebuild the neural pathways that were weakened to improve your understanding. It’s like physical therapy for the brain!
Wearing hearing aids is the first step to better hearing:
Even the most state-of-the-art hearing aids can’t always solve all hearing difficulties on their own. To help “keep up” during noisy situations, conversations, and while watching TV, our patients have found that short-term auditory training has added to the benefits of hearing aids and has significantly improved overall communication. Research shows that individuals who participate in auditory training programs report higher satisfaction with their hearing aids, improved problem-solving in difficult listening situations, overall improved quality of life, and required less troubleshooting visits with their audiologist.
The professionals at Speech and Hearing Associates provide an individualized program of strategies and exercises to retrain the brain and make communication successful and enjoyable; we work on skills that are patient and family-centered.
Through Auditory Training Programs and Rehabilitation, we set goals and teach compensatory strategies to:
• Understand and manage your hearing loss
• Increase the ability to process, understand, and recall rapid speech
• Improve speech understanding in noise or other challenging listening environments
• Learn or improve lip-reading skills
• Assess difficult listening situations and modify environments for better communication
• Develop strategies with family members to make communication easier
• Educate others about your hearing loss and listening needs
Speech and Hearing Associates also partners with clEAR, a powerful clinical tool that can be used to specifically address your individual communication difficulties and promote conversational fluency in everyday conversations.
Auditory Training is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans when provided by a licensed speech-language pathologist.
What steps do I take?
Auditory training involves collaboration between the audiologist and speech-language pathologist. First, discuss your hearing challenges with your audiologist who will determine if you are an appropriate candidate for auditory training. Then, call one of the offices below to schedule an evaluation with a speech-language pathologist. During the evaluation, the speech-language pathologist will assess a variety of skills including listening in quiet and in noise, discrimination, auditory attention, and short term memory as well as discuss the impact of your hearing loss in various aspects of your life. At the end of the evaluations, the speech-language pathologist will interpret the results to create an individualized plan of care to meet your listening needs.
Which locations offer Auditory Training?
SHA is now offering both individual and group auditory training.
What our patients are saying about our auditory training programs
“Auditory training helped me to not only physically adjust to my new way of hearing the world, but also emotionally. In each session I expressed to my therapist the difficulties I was having with this life-changing event. My therapist took those concerns and gave me personalized listening techniques and strategic coping mechanisms to use when I have difficulty hearing people. I strongly recommend auditory training for patients who recently got any type of hearing aid device. It absolutely helped me with the transition of getting hearing aids. Auditory training taught me how to better listen with my hearing aids and how to develop my other senses to assist me in doing so.” – A 40 year old women with hearing loss due to a history of acoustic neuroma.