The general objective of an audiotherapy is to give hearing-impaired people a rehabilition basis and based on this impart the best possible communication competence. An audiotherapy does not start after the fitting of a hearing system, but is an integral part of the rehabilitation process itself and is recommended if the patient also has other problems apart from the hearing deficiencies, such as communication deficits, not compensated psycho-social problems, e.g. job or family related etc. Depending on the situation of the individual and the degree of his/her hardness of hearing, the therapy shows ways on how to cope with these challenges. Thus audiotherapy, especially for people with a very severe hearing defect, goes beyond a mere hearing training. The patient shall receive the support and guidance he/she needs to deal with his/her communication deficits.

In this process methods and options from various fields (medical, audiological, sociological, pedagogical, hearing acoustics and self help) are brought together and linked to an integral concept. Due to the nature of the assigned tasks an interdisciplinary cooperation between different medical fields (ENT, hearing-acoustic, psychology, speech therapy and rehabilitation clinics) is most important and also helps to create awareness for hearing defects and adds to the contentment of people concerned.

Audiotherapy is recommended if the concerned has deficits in the following fields or has other related problems:
  • Difficulties to communicate in general (with/without hearing system)
  • Not compensated psycho-social problems
  • Workplace related problems
  • Family and social problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Acute hearing loss
  • Sensorical deprivation
  • Legal problems
Audiotherapeutical assistance can offered in various forms of counselling:
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family respectively social therapy
Seminar content:
  • Psychic effects of hardness of hearing - Psycho-pathology
  • What it means to be hard of hearing
  • Psychic strains and adjustment disorders among people with hearing defects and tinnitus patients
  • Psycho-diagnostical competencies and counselling skills for audiotherapists
  • Principle of compensatory psychotherapy for hearing impaired
  • Hardness of hearing and age
  • Differentiation: audiotherapy – psychotherapye – psychiatry
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Handicapped Concept – Resource Work – Mourning Work
Participants of this seminar will be able to recognise - based on the stage of mourning their hearing-impaired customer is in, in which form and also to which extend the dispensing of technical devices will make sense. In order to recognize the various stages of mourning, students will be familiarized with the morning model and the specific psychic background of the handicap hearing defect. This will be discussed and also practiced in role plays. Next to an increased counselling competence, ways and opportunities of an interdisciplinary cooperation between rehabilitation clinics, social workers, integration institutions, psychologists etc. will be presented and practised.

Communication psychology – Client focused Communication Skills
Hearing-impaired pedagogy – sociologic aspects

Participants will learn about the many facettes of the phenomenom „hearing-impaired person“ which will be the centre of various topics. Based on pedagogic approaches and methodical orientations the identity question of concerned persons is discussed and the development of certain personality traits will be presented. Furthermore students will get an insight into the phonetic and phonological aspects as well as the problems of lipreading. The seminar concludes with theoretical basic principles of different manual communication systems and practical examples.

Development of speech – linguistic fundamentals – Viseme training – Non-verbal Communication – Sign Language Interpreters – Gestures – Central audio processing – Assessment – Plasticity of the CNS – Neurotology
We do not only hear with our ears, but also with our brain. Central audio processing, its neurobiological background as well as the plasticity of the brain are topics of this seminar. Furthermore it focuses on diagnostics and assessment. Neurotological symptoms are common with a lot of diseases and are often difficult to detect and interpret. Disease patterns and possible therapies will be introduced, rehabilitive measures as well as psychosomatic aspects will be discussed.

Communication training – Hearing tactics – Hear training
The participants of this seminar look into the definition of hear training as well as the theoretical principles of hearing and hearing withdrawal. Afterwards the basic conditions for a hear training will be discussed. The students will practice how to carry out hearing exercises, which are necessary during the fitting of a hearing system. In this context the pedagogical aspect of the hearing physiology and the audio processing are key elements. The hearing exercises include the following topics: hearing physiology and pathology, motivation, how to deal with normal background noises, hearing memory, language recognition, and selective hearing.

Legal basics
This seminar provides an overview on the social law and the regulations of the Social Security Code IX regarding rehabilitation and integration of handicappped people. Possible benefits and funding agencies will be introduced and specific work-related policies and rights of severely disabled people will discussed. This seminar also briefly deals with labor and social legal proceedings as well as the inherent costs.

Technical Equipment
This course deals with the classification of technical equipment, which is subdivided into equipment which belongs to the hearing system itself and other equipment, and the various possibilities of sound conduction. Participants will be enabled to select the adequate additional technical equipment for the patients.

Practical integration work – Audiotherapy
“Practical Audiotherapy“! Integration of audiotherapeutical measures into the everyday professional practice of hearing-aid acousticians. Which audiotherapeutical measures can be used for which purpose?

Closing meetings
After these seminars, are the participants able to of the seminars able to perform integral integration services on their own? Are they able to recognize the individual communication status by means of case studies and/or can they propose adequate methods of resolution?