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Aural Rehabilitation
Hearing Aids
Assistive Listening & Alerting Devices
Speech Reading and Auditory Training
Cochlear Implants (see separate ppt
• The training of a person with a hearing loss
to communicate more effectively.
• This may include the use of amplification,
auditory training, speech reading situational
training, Etc.
Hearing Aids
• Hearing aids by style
• Hearing aids by type
• Hearing aids in educational settings
History of Hearing Aids
History of Hearing Aids
History of Hearing Aids
Styles of Hearing Aids
• Behind the ear (BTE)
• In the ear (ITE)
• In the canal (ITC)
• Completely in the canal (CIC)
Styles of Hearing Aids
• Receiver in the Canal (RIC)
How Hearing Aids Work
• Can be found any style.
• Components
– Microphone, digital sound processor, receiver
– Streaming (Bluetooth)- remote portable mike
• Microphone>radio transmitter>hearing aid
• Can also be used with Bluetooth enabled devices.
– Cost $2500 to $8000 set (sometimes insurance
may pay part of cost)
Hearing Aids Advantages and
• Advantages
• Limitations
• Variables
• Helps with speech understanding
• Helps amplify soft speech and
environmental sounds
• Some problems in background noise
• Can amplify loud sounds to the point where
they can be uncomfortable.
• Problems with manipulation. This is a big
problem for ITC and CIC aids.
Acceptance of hearing loss
Realistic expectations
Assistive Listening & Alerting Devices
• Wireless FM Devices
• Other listening devices
• Alerting devices and TTY
FM Auditory Trainers
• Application
• How does it work?
• What does it sound like?
Other listening devices and TTY
Telephone amplifiers
Captioned TVs
Alerting Devices
Text teletype (TTY)
Speech Reading and Auditory
• Speech Reading
– Can enhance listening ability
– Speech reading most effective when used with
residual hearing
– Only 30% of speech sounds are visible on the
• Auditory Training