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Congratulations! Now that you got a cochlear implant and had it turned on, you need to learn how to listen and understand all of the new sounds coming from your implant. Research has shown that adults make faster progress in their understanding of speech and sounds using a treatment called Aural Rehabilitation (Aural Rehab).


What is Aural Rehab (also called Auditory Therapy)?

In Aural Rehab, you will learn how to listen and understand the new sounds that come from your cochlear implant. Aural Rehab can improve your skills when talking with others. Improving these skills may help you feel more secure with your implant.

Aural Rehab includes exercises that help you:

  • Understand the difference between sounds and whole words
  • Understand new sounds that have not been heard before
  • Read along and follow someone else’s speech while they read aloud
  • Notice when you or someone you are talking to does not understand what is said.
  • Learn when to change your setting to improve your understanding. Learn how to set up the phone to work with your implant
  • Enjoy music
  • Learn how your implant affects the people around you, and help your family and friends learn about your implant
  • Make your speech more clear. Learn and practice skills that will make you more comfortable when talking

UNC has a great staff of speech language pathologist (SLPs) that offer Aural Rehab to our patients with cochlear implants. The first step is to meet with the SLP for an evaluation.


To schedule you can contact Lillian Henderson at 919-419-1428 or

To learn more:

To complete Aural Rehab on your own, below is a link to a list of resources.

(courtesy of University of Iowa Communication Sciences and Disorders)