Aural rehabilitation services are designed to help patients understand and adjust to their hearing loss. They can provide patients with the tools to deal with their hearing loss and improve their communication skills. Aural rehabilitation services usually involve an assessment of the patient's level and type of hearing loss, providing better listening strategies, options for hearing aids and assistive listening devices and counseling for coping with the often emotional aspects of hearing loss.
Children and adults benefit from these services, although rehabilitation services for children and adults are quite different. For babies and young children, aural rehabilitation service programs often involve an audiological evaluation, the selection of a hearing aid or other listening device and communication skill development, which typically involves learning sign language. Family members are encouraged to take part in these services in order to help the child adjust to living with hearing loss.
Adult aural rehabilitation services generally include an assessment of hearing loss, selection of a hearing aid and assistive listening devices and the development of an effective therapy program that to help patients acclimate to their hearing loss.