Adult Aural Rehab
Helping our patients hear better takes more than just fitting them with hearing aids. It is easy to take this for granted, especially in light of all of the technological advantages which have occurred in the past decade, but the truth is, it takes more. There is a need to educate our patients, their families and the general public as to what being hearing impaired means. It is a process of adjustment, setting goals, and reassessing needs periodically.
At AudiologyNOW! 2014 there are so many learning modules, learning labs and featured sessions designed to help you develop your clinical counseling skills. When we fit devices on an adult, it is only the beginning of their rehabilitation process. Regardless of type of device you are fitting, I would hazard to guess that each patient requires some degree of counseling. How do you effectively translate exciting new features into unique patient benefits? How do you explain the challenges of hearing in adverse listening situations? How do you counsel on realistic expectations of outcomes? Do you teach your patients how to be effective advocates for themselves? Do you know what other types of assistive devices your patients can utilize? Is there a benefit to group counseling sessions? What formal rehabilitation programs are out there? And what about the research?
Adult aural rehabilitation takes many forms. It is in the case history, testing, counseling and recommendations. Only in a forum like AudiologyNOW! 2014 can one hope to answer these questions. View the Adult and (Re)habilitation and counseling tracks.
Let’s not forget the Academy Research Conference this year, Hearing Aids and the Brain. A panel of experts in the field gathered in one spot to talk about how the brain processes sound. This will surely be of interest to anyone working with rehabilitating hearing loss.
While products and technology tends to take center stage, do not forget to attend the sessions designed to help you and your skills steal the spotlight in your own practice.
Jason Galster, PhD