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Different options for auditory training - adaptive rehabilitation Coninx F.
IfAP, Solingen, Germany
Incidental or natural learning describes a process that happens unplanned, all day, initiated by and immediately
integrated in daily life activities of a child or adult.
In case of hearing loss, natural learning might be in danger. The main aim of medical treatment and technical
interventions, like hearing aids and cochlear implants, is to restore natural learning. The primary aim and method
of “early intervention” (or post-operative rehab) is to monitor and optimize the process factors that allow and
secure incidental learning.
However, depending on a set of factors, being personal and/or environmental, the natural learning process might
not be enough. In that case, various intervention strategies might be added to initiate, support, complete or even
replace natural learning.
In this presentation, the advantages of incidental learning will be summarized. Also, the process factors that
have to be monitored will be discussed.
Auditory training is one of those options: training is based on planned and formal learning strategies, activities
and contents.
For parents as well as for professional educators/therapists “training” is related to a different educational style.
Training can be strongly targeted and training effects can be administered clearly and immediately.
Adaptive Rehabilitation is a concept that explores the options and needs of a hearing impaired person. It offers a
combination of methods and contents, which will enable and optimize the overall processes of “learning to listen”
and “learning through listening”.
Adaptive Rehabilitation is “community based” at the social level of family, school, work place and tries to realize
the concept of “inclusion”. These community-based elements in Adaptive Rehabilitation include relevant factors
like communication style in the family, the acoustic environment at home, in school, at the work place, etc.