Hearing Therapy

Hearing therapy is a health-related specialty which deals with the treatment of hearing impairment, which may be the result of congenital diseases, accidents or trauma, side effects of medications as well as illness like German measles and infection.

People Who Need Hearing Therapy 

Individuals who need hearing therapy may include the following:
For those with acute or progressive hearing loss
For family members of individuals with hearing problems on how to correctly communicate effectively with hearing-impaired family members.
Individuals who are in need of instruction on the proper use of assistive-hearing devices

Who Provides Hearing Therapy

In most cases it is the audiologist who provides hearing therapy. An audiologist is a medical professional who diagnoses and treats any form of hearing impairment or loss. Based on the diagnosis, the audiologist presents various treatment options to the individual. They can also dispense hearing aids and other assistive-hearing devices as part of any hearing therapy program that they may choose to implement for a patient. The program may also include a referral for possible surgical treatment as deemed necessary by the audiologist.

The AV Hearing Therapy Approach

The Auditory- Verbal approach is one model of hearing therapy for hearing-impaired children which has been practiced for more than 30 years. It involves the use of individualized, diagnostic sessions which uses hearing technology to acquire listening as the main avenue to develop spoken language. The A-V method is based on the principle that children with mild to moderate hearing loss can communicate through speech if they have the appropriate amplification and enough listening and language stimulation to develop their hearing potential.

Music Hearing Therapy Therapy

Although considered to be impractical and ineffective by some, the proponents of music therapy stress that music is highly useful in the treatment of hearing impairment because of the variety of frequencies and the usual intensity found in music, which makes it more accessible to those who are hearing-impaired. Music is also very flexible and can be modified to suit the tastes of the individual.

Proponents of music therapy count the following as the main benefits of music therapy in the hearing impaired:
It can enhance auditory training and encourage the use of residual hearing
Enhance language development
Enhance communication skills
Enhance feelings of physical well-being
Enhance education through improvements in language and communication
Promote socialization, self-awareness and improve self-esteem
Great tool for self-expression
Promotes a sense of social responsibility