“The limits my language are the limits of my world.”
Language therapy support and various other therapy measures are advisable both before and after being fitted with a hearing system.
Any limitation of the ability to hear reduces the possibility of communication hugely. Along with getting good and prompt hearing provision, people with a hearing reduction should therefore take up language therapy, especially at first, in order to get accustomed as soon as possible to the new hearing, or being able to hear again.
The most important aim of language therapy is to enable communication so that your quality of life no longer has to suffer from the hearing reduction. Therapeutic work thus includes distraction training, hearing training and communication strategies.
Apart from that, the language therapist is also an important pivot point in communication with the experts from other relevant specialist areas especially in the initial phase.
Tip: Take someone to accompany you to the first appointments! A partner, friend or relative can be a great support, especially in the initial phase and offers security in what might be a stressful situation for you.
Language therapy with a focus on hearing impairment is provided all over Austria:
Taking any additional illness-caused restrictions into consideration, there is a range of rehab measures that you can use to achieve the best hearing outcome possible with your hearing system.
There is a variety of outpatient rehab measures provided across Austria. Depending on preferences and character, you can choose:
Some of the rehab programs in outpatient form take place in group therapy. For some people, contact with other affected persons is important, so this form of therapy might represent a pleasant symbiosis for you too, combining rehabilitation with exchange of experience.
Music therapy is a creativity and expression-orientated method of therapy which includes different forms and techniques. What they have in common is the targeted use of musical methods in a therapeutic context for re-establishment, maintenance and promotion of mental, physical and psychological health. It has been in use for a long time, but has only been used in the rehabilitation of people with hearing implants for a few years.
Here are some institutions that offer music therapy:
Home training programs
“It is important to practise at home.”
Nicole Trimmel, language therapist HEARING CENTER
Practising at home, ideally with your partner or family, is hugely important for the best outcome with your hearing implant system. The implant expert MED-EL offers a series of rehabilitation materials that you can use easily at home. You can find some brochures and audio files here that you can either download or have sent to you: Rehabilitation Downloads