Listening is a complex set of processes that takes auditory input (speech) and makes it understandable. For most people, hearing loss builds over time. The brain constantly reprograms itself to recognize and understand the gradually diminishing speech sounds. Often, consonants are not heard as the upper frequencies are lost requiring the brain to ‘guess’ at what is being said. Hearing aids restore much of the lost frequency range in the short time it takes to place them in the ears. The brain needs time – and training – in order to be able to understand the ‘new’ speech patterns.
The primary goal of The Listening Rehabilitation/Coaching Program is to help the individual understand what they are hearing through their new hearing aids. Through repetition and consistent feedback, the individual learns to recognize the new patterns and adjusts to understanding what’s being said.
However listening is more than hearing, so evaluations are made regarding other listening disorders (e.g., Auditory Processing Disorders, Excessive Self-Talk, Anticipatory Listening, etc.).