Auditory Aids for Cognition

Yes, you notice this man or woman quickly.  If you sit next to them at the movie theater, they repeat lines they’ve heard from memory or with the characters (when they’ve viewed the movie the 2nd time).  Maybe you are in a debate with them at work, and they use your own words against you.  The stereo system they own is substantial.

Every brain works differently especially if it is subjected to an injury or disease.  This week’s blog is focused on persons who need auditory aids.

Text to speech programs and functions on computers are necessary for people with vision difficulties and or learning disabilities.  Assistive Technology for Kansans helps assess and find a way to pay for auditory aids.  I’d suggest that you check with your state to access similar services where you live.

Each state also has a book-on-tape lending library.  A recording of books, magazines, etc. may be ordered through this service.  If you attend school, you can request your textbooks be read onto tape.  The only catch is- you need to place an order several months in advance for textbooks not yet in the library.  They include a special tape cassette player or CD player for what you need at no cost to you.

Persons dependent on auditory aids respond strongly to music.  It can either assist with memory or learning or distract them from taking in new information.  Malachi piano

A digital memo-taker is a “must” for our friends dependent on hearing.   Handing a grocery list to one of these people before they go to the store for you, is a risky proposition.  Thankfully, most cell phones provide this service.

Persons dependent on auditory aids can become overwhelmed easily without a break from sounds.  They hear things that visual persons do not, or they are distracted by “white noise” around them.

Taking breaks from listening, can be helpful throughout the day in order to focus on the most important messages.  Ear buds, headphones, or ear plugs reduces irritants for both you and the audio-dependent person.DSC00076

Posted on February 12, 2014, in Caregivers, Education for Parents and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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