By Firasath Malkan, clinical audiologist and student of the Master in Clinical Audiology and Hearing Therapy


Auditory training benefit is evidenced by a change in recent times. In the 19th century it was widely believed that auditory training involved in improvement in peripheral hearing. This belief has been largely supplanted in the last three decades by the opinion that improvement in “hearing” results from not only central use of available sounds, but also the interpretation of auditory input requires the use of multiple processes beyond hearing. Cognitive functions, pragmatics, language mastery, and visual perception are only a few of the components of auditory process information.

Auditory training is meant to help people with hearing loss, improve their ability to interpret, process, and assimilate auditory input.Intervention can be provided individually or in group setting. Although group settings are valuable and desired to foster socialization and improved communication strategies and behaviors, it can sometimes be difficult to meet the individual auditory training needs of the group members. For this reason, Auditory training intervention is best served on a one to onebasis with program designed with individual requirement considered. Its most common use is with children with prelingual sensorineural-impairment, especially those with moderate to profound degree of loss with congenital onset. Another targeted population for auditory training in recent times has been cochlear implant recipients, both children and adults. There is strong evidence thata structured program of listening training enhances the benefits derived from cochlear implant.

In the past it was not considered necessary to have meaning associated with auditory signal while training. The later approaches consider it necessary to have meaning associated with the auditory signals. The later techniques do not have too much of a difference between listening training and learning training. Hence traditionally auditory training has been considered important component of audiological rehabilitation process.

Download the full Research Work: Firasath Malkan (2019). Auditory Training. SAERA


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