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Auditory Therapy Services

Auditory Therapy Services

The Verbotonal Method

The Hearing and Speech Foundation is the first auditory therapy services center for the Verbotonal Method of aural habilitation and rehabilitation in the United States.

Through this initiative as a therapy center, HSF specialists offer auditory therapy to hearing impaired individuals and to children and adults diagnosed with auditory perception difficulties severe enough to impede communication and academic achievement.

Clients served may have:

  • Mild to profound hearing losses
  • Hearing aids and/or cochlear implants in one or both ears
  • Normal hearing with auditory processing disorders or speech articulation deficits
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Little Listeners

Little Listeners

Clients of any age are served individually or in small groups, depending on their needs. During each Verbotonal therapy session the client may use personal hearing aid/s, cochlear implants or specialized auditory (SUVAG) equipment and vibrotactile oscillator provided by HSF. Therapy services are offered at a reasonable “fees for service” cost, and financial assistance is available through our Little Listeners Scholarship for those qualified families.

Verbotonal strategies for our clients include multi-filter amplification with vibrotactile input when appropriate, unaided ear stimulation, and listening in noise and from varying distances. Younger clients’ listening and speaking skills are facilitated through activities that emphasize vocalizing simultaneously with body movements, and rhythm and intonation training for voice quality. Playful language situations are used to stimulate normal speech and language for children of all ages.

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Auditory Processing Disorders

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a learning disability in which an individual hears sounds, but cannot process them correctly into words and language. Individuals with APD may have trouble understanding what they hear, acting on it quickly, remembering it for a short or long time and formulating a verbal response.

For over 25 years, the basic principles and therapy strategies of the Verbotonal Method have been adapted successfully to treat Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) of normal hearing children and adults. Auditory therapy targets the areas of decoding, auditory memory, organization and integration. Strategies include phonetic-based body movements, live voice modification, visual representation of the suprasegmental features of speech (rhythm, intonation, duration, intensity) and vibrotactile input.

Audiological Assessment

An audiological evaluation is a painless, noninvasive hearing test that measures a person’s ability to hear different sounds, pitches or frequencies. The diagnostic test is performed in a soundproof booth under headphones.

Hearing Aid Assistance

Tennessee has one of the highest household poverty rates in the United States and many people in East Tennessee, with or without insurance, are unable to afford the hearing aids they need to in order to improve their quality of life.

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