Communication Improvement Therapy

Communication Improvement Therapy can be very effective and provide additional help for those with a new hearing aid. It can also help those who don’t wear hearing aids but have difficulty hearing. It can reduce the deficits or problems caused by hearing loss.

Hearing loss acquired in adult life can have a serious impact on quality of life. This impact results primarily from deficits in the activities of speech perception and communication and the limitations imposed on participation in social interactions, employment, and socializing. The goal of rehabilitation is to restore quality of life by eliminating, reducing, or circumventing these deficits and limitations. This can be achieved by a combination of:

  • speech reading instruction and practice
  • instruction in the use of their hearing aid’s technology and adjustments available to maximize the listening environment
  • multi-media perceptual training to improve speech understanding in competing noise
  • counseling to enhance participation, and deal both emotionally and practically with residual limitations
  • training in the management of acoustic environments
  • Listening Strategies Training
    • Speech-to-noise ratio is a way to quickly be cognizant of background noise and its relative strength to what you want to hear
    • Lowering competing noise will increase the speech to noise level
    • Shortening the distance the speaker is from you will increase the speech-to-noise ratio
    • Contextual cues can be helpful to assist in understanding
    • Everyone speech-reads so looking at the speaker should help
    • Try to control your listening environment so that interference from background noise is minimized

Heath Insurance may cover the cost of this therapy