The Hearing House provides services for all children with a mild to profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss to enable them to learn to listen and speak through appropriate amplification and regular Auditory-Verbal Therapy. A child is ideally referred to The Hearing House before a device is fitted.
The Hearing House services are based on family centred practices. It requires enormous dedication and commitment from the family in order for him or her to achieve clear and natural spoken language.
Today children who are profoundly deaf can have access to sound thanks to scientific advances in hearing aids and the development of cochlear implants. Whether the child learns to understand this sound, fulfil their hearing potential and develop spoken language depends on whether they receive an advanced and specialised therapy called Auditory-Verbal Therapy.
Auditory-Verbal Therapy accelerates the natural way a child would develop language to enable deaf children with a cochlear implant or hearing aid to catch up on the years of listening and language development he or she missed out on before receiving the hearing device. The aim of Auditory-Verbal Therapy is for the child to speak clearly and naturally like their hearing peers and to attend mainstream school by the age of five. In later life the child will experience enhanced education and employment opportunities; enhanced social independence and quality of life; and will be able to fully participate in, and contribute to, mainstream society.