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ARA members are sending in the resources they have made or are finding useful for their own practices while they focus continuing aural (re)habilitation services. Thank you to members that have contributed. If you have resources you would like to contribute, please e-mail us!
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Strategies for Communicating with People Who Struggle to Hear
Speak slowly, clearly and a little louder
Do not shout or over articulate. This distorts the words and makes them harder to understand.
Take pauses; pauses allow for the listener to catch up
If you must repeat yourself, try rewording what you have said. Often, it is just a word or two that someone cannot understand.
Face the person you are speaking with. Make sure nothing is covering your face. Never walk away from someone with a hearing impairment while talking. Seeing the face is very important.
Always get the listener’s attention before speaking by saying their name or touching them on the shoulder.
Turn down background noises. Mute the television or radio. Avoid restaurants at peak hours; ask the host of there are quieter places within the restaurant to be seated with good lighting.
Listen and be patient; communicating is an even greater challenge for a person with hearing loss.
Hearing aids are not a cure, they are an aid and have limitations. If a person is having trouble hearing well with hearing aids or has stopped wearing their hearing aids, ask questions and return to the audiologist. There may simply need to be an adjustment.
Move closer to the listener; this allows better access to sound and visual cues.
If needed, write things down so the listener can read what you are trying to tell them.
CLINICIAN DIRECTED AUDITORY TRAINING with KTH Speech Tracking Software
Training can be provided In-Clinic and by Teledelivery
Suggested guidelines for Infection Control from the American Academy of Audiology https://www.audiology.org/publications/guidelines-and-standards/infection-control-audiological-practice
The CDC has published guidance about proper infection control. This can be found here. https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/pdf/guidelines/disinfection-guidelines-H.pdf
Looking for a telehealth platform that is HIPPA-Compliant?
ASHA has provided state by state information to help clinicians navigate telepractice laws. https://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/
Here is a search engine for Medicare Telehealth codes. NOTE: This is not inclusive of the CARES Act https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-General-Information/Telehealth/Telehealth-Codes
Looking for a resource that includes updates from audiology organizations?:
Looking for help with Teleaudiology resources? Check out this website
Check out these sites for online hearing screenings for patients:
Check out this article: Making Audiology Work During COVID-19 and Beyond https://journals.lww.com/thehearingjournal/blog/onlinefirst/pages/post.aspx?PostID=59
Help make telaudiology simple with tools from the IDA institute: https://idainstitute.com/what_we_do/news/detail/make_tele_audiology_person_centered_with_four_simple_tools/
Check out this source for a list of Captioned Phones
Check out this source for a list of Captioning Apps - click to download
AR Therapy Resources
Client-oriented video from HLAA about how to prepare for a hospital visit when communication access is a concern. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXbfs9iQhug&feature=youtu.be
Quick reference guide for improving access to online distance learning - click to download
Hard of Hearing Brochure for Patients - click to download
For a free digital download of KTH Speech Tracking Software and to view a short training video, go to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center website