- Provide clients with peer support and improved self-sufficiency and emotional well-being
- Counsel multiple clients at once
- Help clients get better at using their technology and reduce return rates
Group aural rehabilitation (Group AR) is an effective way to bring together multiple clients and communication partners to discuss their experiences with hearing loss and hearing technology. Our guide will help you organize your group and provides inspiration for your sessions.
Cathy Kooser, developer and teacher of a counseling based rehabilitation program, discusses the enormous value of Group AR to hearing care professionals.
Research has shown that a PHL who participates in Group is less likely to return a hearing aid than one who doesn't participate. New hearing aid users showed improved daily ratings of hearing aid satisfaction.
Harvey Abrams, former Director of Research at the Army Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, discusses the clinical benefit of group rehabilitation for individuals with hearing loss.
Older people with hearing loss who attended Group AR programs showed significant improvements on hearing loss related quality-of-life scales. Meanwhile, experienced cochlear implant users found they were more assertive, had stronger coping mechanisms, and and felt an improvement in their emotional well being.
Persons with hearing loss and their communication partners express how Group AR provided them with a valuable support mechanism and helped improve their overall quality of life.