Audio/speech therapy (adults)
Adults with hearing loss who have improved their communication skills report additional benefits that include improved relationships with families and co-workers; better self-esteem; improved mental health, and greater independence and security.
The goal of an auditory-therapy program is for a hard or hearing or deaf adult to make the best use of whatever hearing they have, also known as their residual hearing. This individualized program may be recommended if:
- Your audiologist has told you that your word recognition skills are poorer than would be expected based on your audiogram.
- You have essentially good listening skills in quiet settings, but experience inordinate difficulty comprehending speech from a distance or in the presence of background noise.
- You are experiencing difficulty adjusting to the use of a hearing aid or cochlear implant.
Audio therapy helps the person with hearing loss to practice listening and repeating sentences, which are read aloud, without looking at the speaker. The speech-language pathologist, following an evaluation, makes treatment recommendations based on an individual’s specific needs. The ultimate goal is to maximize communication competence for everyday communication.
Speech and language evaluation/therapy
Individual speech and/or language therapy may be needed by those individuals who were born with a hearing loss or who have experienced long-standing early onset hearing loss. The focus of this program is to improve an individual’s oral language skills and may include:
- Vocabulary development and usage
- Voice production
- Articulation improvement.
English-as-a-second-language (ESL) therapy
ESL therapy uses a one-on-one approach incorporating vocabulary and grammar, with the goal that the individual produces English language sounds accurately enough to be understandable to others. ESL (English as a Second Language) therapy helps people with hearing loss build fundamental vocabulary, listening and speaking skills in English
CHC has one of the only programs in the United States that offer English as a Second Language (ESL) to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. The Center has provided ESL service to people who speak Russian, Chinese, and numerous other foreign languages.
ESL is offered to adults who have functional spoken language skills in their native language but minimal proficiency in English. People with hearing loss who experience significant difficulty hearing clearly and understanding in large classroom settings, at a distance from speakers, in groups and where there is interference of background noise have extreme difficulty in cannot benefit and learn in typical adult education settings. The program at CHC is offered individually or in small groups where there is the opportunity for slow presentation and repetition of language. An eclectic approach is used, and the program is designed with an individual’s specific needs or vocational goals in mind.