Universal habilitation I say “Amen” to Richard Seewald’s discussion of universal habilitation. I have spent my entire career doing school audiology. I, too, attend packed sessions describing the latest technique for identifying hearing loss and almost recognize by name the few faces that attend sessions dealing with habilitation of children with hearing ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   March 01, 1996
Universal habilitation
 
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  • Joan Marttila
    Bettendorf, IA
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Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   March 01, 1996
Universal habilitation
American Journal of Audiology, March 1996, Vol. 5, 112. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0501.112
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1996, Vol. 5, 112. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0501.112
I say “Amen” to Richard Seewald’s discussion of universal habilitation. I have spent my entire career doing school audiology. I, too, attend packed sessions describing the latest technique for identifying hearing loss and almost recognize by name the few faces that attend sessions dealing with habilitation of children with hearing loss. We have a pretty good understanding of what it takes to identify a child who has a hearing loss. All too often, our habilitation involvement stops after amplification recommendations have been made.
I have learned several important things during my career as a school audiologist. First, many of us have created or inherited jobs that consistently under-use our knowledge of habilitation. I am appalled at the lack of interest in providing aural habilitation services to individuals of all ages and in developing comprehensive programs that can deliver these services. We are so busy doing screening, retests, and arguing over whether or not support personnel can assist us with these issues that we fail to see the forest for the trees. Is there life after a hearing aid? You bet there is. Are audiologists doing all they can to assist individuals with hearing loss to reach their full potential? I doubt it.
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