The speech–language pathologists, audiologists and deaf educators at Boys Town National Research Hospital are specialists in the area of aural rehabilitation, which involves comprehensive assessment and treatment of individuals with hearing loss. Candidates for aural rehabilitation may include individuals that are deaf, hard-of-hearing, hearing-aid users or cochlear implant users. Clinicians help support a variety of communication preferences, including, but not limited to:
Cochlear implant users can benefit from services designed to maximize auditory potential. The professionals at Boys Town National Research Hospital are here to encourage and support the individual progress through the development of and/or maintenance of auditory skills. This task can be accomplished through a variety of mechanisms, both formal and informal. This may be as simple as learning to integrate the sounds in the individual’s environment to learning how to listen in difficult listening situations. To obtain optimal benefit, the implant recipient must learn how to use the new sound information provided.