COVID-19 is making hearing even more challenging. Learn how to listen better with our complimentary virtual trainings.
The Better Hearing Program offers complimentary aural rehabilitation trainings. Hearing aids are not a quick fix to hearing loss! There are many factors that contribute to the ability to communicate successfully. The listener, the speaker, and the environment all play an integral part. The Better Hearing Program focuses on educating and empowering the participant with hearing loss to communicate successfully by learning lip reading skills, anticipatory strategies, environmental modifications, and repair strategies. Participants are welcome to invite their main communication partner(s) (e.g., family members, friends, co-workers) to join the trainings. Participants join two training sessions lasting 1.5-2 hours each either virtually or in-person. Trainings are custom designed to help each participant improve their communication skills to be able to participate in social relationships and employment opportunities. In addition to providing a vital service to members of our community, this program allows our graduate students to learn about communication and counseling skills related to patients with hearing loss.
For more information on the importance of aural rehabilitation, please view the attached link to the article, What Is the Medically Necessary Part of Hearing Health That Is Rarely Provided: Auditory Rehabilitation, (Laf, N. What Is the Medically Necessary Part of Hearing Health That Is Rarely Provided: Auditory Rehabilitation. Hearing Health Foundation Magazine. Fall 2021: 14-16)