School of Health and Human Services

Hearing:

Hearing evaluation: Hearing screenings and complete audiology evaluations are available for all ages. Hearing evaluations determine an individual’s current hearing levels and monitor change in hearing abilities over time.

Resulting from:

  • Injury
  • Medical condition
  • Excessive noise exposure
  • Congenital hearing loss

Therapy emphasis: Evaluation and treatment for hearing loss.

Aural Rehabilitation:

Difficulty: Individuals with hearing loss may need training to make use of residual hearing and enhance communication skills.

Resulting from:

  • Congenital hearing loss
  • Acquired hearing loss
  • Cochlear Implant

Therapy emphasis: Enhancing overall communication skills through a variety of methods, and training individuals to make use of residual hearing skills.

Auditory Processing Services:

Auditory processing is an important component of correctly processing and understanding the sounds that we receive through hearing. Deficits in auditory processing can impact many abilities related to listening, including one’s ability to listen in noisy environments, determining the direction and location of sounds, and attending to sound sources.

Evaluation: Evaluation includes hearing and auditory processing screenings, as well as complete auditory processing assessment.

Therapy Emphasis: Intervention may include learning strategies to improve listening and comprehension, improving auditory processing abilities through listening exercises, and adapting the environment (home, school, work) to increase auditory access.

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