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Aural rehabilitation is about teaching hearing and communication impaired individuals to better listen and to adjust their experiences and expectations based upon where they are. Aural rehabilitation helps individuals better understand visual cues, learn more about available assistive technologies, and improve their performance with hearing aids, implants, and assistive devices. Research shows that listening and understanding improves after completion of an individual or group aural rehabilitation program.

Symptoms and experiences that lead individuals to benefit from aural rehabilitation:


  • Even with hearing aids, sounds are loud enough but not clear enough, especially in noisy settings such as restaurants, churches, theaters and parties.
  • You have communication difficulties, especially in noise, but have normal hearing.

If you believe you, a family member or friend might benefit from aural rehabilitation, here are some steps to consider:

  • Have your hearing tested by an audiologist and work with them to create a treatment plan.
    Hearing tests are covered by Medicare, if ordered by your physician, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans. It is impossible to create an aural rehabilitation plan without knowing about your hearing abilities.
  • Discuss your communication and listening issues with your physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.
    Your healthcare provider can then refer you for aural rehabilitation with an audiologist.
  • Complete a Hearing Handicap Inventory.This will help guide your audiologist to the listening situations which are the most difficult for you.

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