Aural Rehabilitation as Comprehensive Hearing Health Care In a 10-year-old publication, the author defined aural rehabilitation holistically and indicated that the evidence for effectiveness fell as one moved through the areas of function, activity, participation, and quality of life. Several developments since then warrant consideration. One is an increased recognition that hearing is a cognitive process. In ... Article
Article  |   November 22, 2017
Aural Rehabilitation as Comprehensive Hearing Health Care
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  • Arthur Boothroyd
    San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
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  • Financial: Arthur Boothroyd has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
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  • Nonfinancial: The progressive model was presented orally at the 2010 meeting of the American Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology in San Francisco.
    Nonfinancial: The progressive model was presented orally at the 2010 meeting of the American Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology in San Francisco.×
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Part 2
Article   |   November 22, 2017
Aural Rehabilitation as Comprehensive Hearing Health Care
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2017, Vol. 2, 31-38. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG7.31
History: Received March 8, 2017 , Revised May 21, 2017 , Accepted May 30, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2017, Vol. 2, 31-38. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG7.31
History: Received March 8, 2017; Revised May 21, 2017; Accepted May 30, 2017

In a 10-year-old publication, the author defined aural rehabilitation holistically and indicated that the evidence for effectiveness fell as one moved through the areas of function, activity, participation, and quality of life. Several developments since then warrant consideration. One is an increased recognition that hearing is a cognitive process. In this connection, special attention is being paid to listening effort. At the time of writing, this work is already influencing the design and marketing of hearing aids and, along with direct wireless connectivity, may well impact other components of aural rehabilitation. Another development is the increasing availability of low-cost hearing aids and personal sound amplification products for direct purchase. Combined with developments in self-testing and self-fitting, direct-to-consumer and low-cost hearing aids create an opportunity for dispensing audiologists to develop a more holistic approach to meeting the needs of people with hearing loss—as envisaged in the scope of practice outlined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and as advocated by numerous writers over the past several decades.

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