Occupational Therapy for Hearing Loss

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with hearing loss. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with hearing loss?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with hearing loss in the following ways:

1. Communication skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals with hearing loss improve their communication skills. They can teach strategies for effective communication, such as lip reading, sign language, and using assistive technologies like hearing aids or cochlear implants.

2. Listening skills: Occupational therapists can target improving listening skills, including auditory attention and discrimination. They may use various techniques and activities to enhance the ability to perceive and interpret sounds, such as listening exercises or auditory training programs.

3. Social participation: Hearing loss often leads to social isolation and reduced participation in daily activities. Occupational therapists can work with individuals to improve their engagement in social interactions and community activities. They may provide counseling and support to address any psychosocial issues related to hearing loss.

4. Environmental modifications: Occupational therapists can assess the home and work environments of individuals with hearing loss and recommend modifications to enhance accessibility. They may suggest strategies to reduce background noise, improve lighting, or install visual alert systems, such as flashing lights or vibrating devices, to ensure individuals with hearing loss can effectively navigate their surroundings.

5. Sensory integration: Individuals with hearing loss may experience sensory processing difficulties that go beyond their auditory impairment. Occupational therapists can address these challenges through sensory integration techniques, helping individuals integrate auditory information with other sensory inputs for improved daily functioning.

6. Work and vocational support: Occupational therapists can provide assistance in the workplace for individuals with hearing loss, including adaptation of communication methods, modification of job tasks, and provision of assistive technologies. They can also offer vocational counseling and help individuals identify suitable employment options.

7. Educational support: Occupational therapists working within educational settings can support children and students with hearing loss by collaborating with teachers to develop appropriate accommodations, assistive technology usage, and strategies for effective classroom participation.

In summary, occupational therapy can aid individuals with hearing loss by improving communication skills, enhancing listening abilities, promoting social participation, modifying environments, addressing sensory processing difficulties, providing vocational support, and offering educational assistance.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with hearing loss. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for hearing loss

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with hearing loss in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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