Auditory Training: Improving Speech Perception

July 20, 2016


This presentation will focus on the importance of auditory training for people who use hearing aids and/or cochlear implants so they may obtain optimal performance. The importance of long-term auditory training will also be discussed.

Geoff Plant is the president of the Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation (HRF), a registered not-for-profit established in 1996 to provide and promote speech communication training for children and adults with hearing loss. It acts as a test and training resource for people with hearing loss, their families, and professionals working in related fields. Training is provided on a 1:1 basis, and focuses on improving the ability of people with hearing loss to understand speech in realistic situations. The HRF has published a number of test and training resources that are used extensively throughout the world, and several of these resources have been translated into other languages. The HRF also works towards improving the musical experiences of adults and children with cochlear implants. Additionally, the HRF provides professional training for therapists and teachers working with children and/or adults with hearing loss.


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Geoff Plant

Founder and Executive Director, Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation (HRF)

Geoff Plant has worked as a therapist with adults with hearing loss since 1974, first in his native Australia, and since 1993, in the U.S. He was originally trained as a teacher of the deaf and on occasions still works on the development of speech and listening skills with children... Read More >