If you decide that hearing aids are not for you, or you would like additional help with your hearing, we can make you an appointment to see a Hearing Therapist. They will be able to teach you techniques and tactics to help you make the most of difficult listening environments.
The Hearing Therapy clinic provides a comprehensive rehabilitation service for adults who have hearing difficulties or associated disorders. The Hearing Therapist uses a variety of methods to work out an individual programme for each patient to tackle the issues that they present with. Depending on the patient, this could include any of the following:
Help can be given to look at difficult listening situations and devise ways of improving communication. This can be achieved by learning more effective ways of asking for information that has been missed, learning to identify good and bad listening environments, and learning about the best place to choose in a given environment to maximize communication.
Assistive listening devices
Assistive listening devices are designed to help with hearing. They might include amplified telephones, TV listening devices, or extra loud doorbells. They can also help to alert people to sounds by using other senses, for example vibrating smoke alarms or flashing light doorbells. There are several pieces of equipment to try out in the clinic and a Hearing Therapist can give patients advice on the most appropriate devices for use at home, work or in education.
A Hearing Therapist can provide counselling regarding coming to terms with hearing loss and associated disorders. This can be just for the individual concerned or could also include their family or significant others.
Auditory processing disorders
This refers to someone whose hearing test shows their hearing to be within normal limits but who has difficulty in hearing in certain situations (usually when there is significant background noise). A Hearing Therapist can explain the possible reasons for this and look at ways of reducing their difficulties.
This is where there is an over-sensitivity of hearing to certain sounds. A Hearing Therapist can look at possible reasons for this, and devise ways of reducing the sensitivity.
Stress is sometimes a factor in hearing or balance difficulties. A Hearing Therapist can offer stress management and relaxation techniques.
Information is available about local lipreading classes. We can make you an appointment to see a Hearing Therapist, who can help you learn to ‘fill in the gaps’ that you may not hear in conversation by watching the lip patterns of the person speaking to you. If someone has difficulty attending a class, it may be possible to arrange for a series of one-to-one lipreading sessions in the clinic.