Psycho-social Aspects of Hearing Loss and Aural Rehabilitation


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Course Description

This course describes the impact of hearing loss on adults and orients the student to various aspects of rehabilitation including hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and auditory training methods. Advantages and limitations of the different forms of rehabilitation are presented, as well as reasons for patient resistance.

Learning Objectives:

  • discuss non-auditory effects of hearing impairment
  • describe the most important features contained in modern hearing aids
  • list components of comprehensive auditory rehabilitation beyond wearable amplification

Course Details

Presenter: Robert Sweetow, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert W. Sweetow is Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and former Director of Audiology at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Master of Arts from the University of Southern California and Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa. Dr. Sweetow has had 24 textbook chapters and over 110 scientific articles published on counseling, rehabilitation, tinnitus, and amplification. He is a reviewer for several scientific journals, author of Counseling for Hearing Aid Fittings and a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Audiology. He was the developer of the interactive, adaptive computerized auditory training program called LACE (Listening and Communication Enhancement); and is currently a consultant for Widex. [more details]

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