Benefits of Intensive Auditory Rehabilitation Training Current models of teaching auditory rehabilitation to the adult with hearing loss often are limited to classroom instruction and eclectic clinical experiences. Two programs at the University of Texas at Dallas, the Summer Intensive Auditory Rehabilitation Conference (SIARC) and the camp for Communication Habilitation via Audition for Teens (Camp CHAT), ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2010
Benefits of Intensive Auditory Rehabilitation Training
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Linda M. Thibodeau
    University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders, Dallas, TX
  • Jennifer A. Alford
    University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders, Dallas, TX
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Hearing Disorders / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Professional Issues & Training / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2010
Benefits of Intensive Auditory Rehabilitation Training
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2010, Vol. 17, 4-18. doi:10.1044/arii17.1.4
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2010, Vol. 17, 4-18. doi:10.1044/arii17.1.4

Current models of teaching auditory rehabilitation to the adult with hearing loss often are limited to classroom instruction and eclectic clinical experiences. Two programs at the University of Texas at Dallas, the Summer Intensive Auditory Rehabilitation Conference (SIARC) and the camp for Communication Habilitation via Audition for Teens (Camp CHAT), are designed to immerse both audiology and speech-language pathology students into the rehabilitative process of adults and teens with hearing loss. SIARC is designed for couples and includes a blend of service delivery, student training, and community awareness that occurs over a 5-day period in the clinic and the community. Camp CHAT is designed for teens with hearing loss and their parents who engage in fun activities to learn communication techniques while trying new technology at a weekend retreat center. Participant feedback suggests that these programs have several far-reaching benefits. Communication is facilitated through the use of technology and communication strategies, self-confidence is increased in coping with hearing loss, community awareness is raised regarding the needs of persons with hearing loss, and student training is enhanced through intensive clinical experience.

Acknowledgments
These experiences would not be possible were it not for the support of Phonak, Oticon, Widex, and Jones Audiology in Fort Worth, TX and Livingston Audiology in Abilene, TX. We are also grateful to the school districts in Collin County that help to recruit teens for Camp CHAT and the volunteers who worked with the programs, Louis Bell, Elika Cokely, Patrice Jones, Danny Secor, Lisa Huston, and Amanda Lovelace.
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