The Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation offers auditory training and listening support to people from all over New England and works internationally to develop innovations in communication training for people with hearing loss.
The Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation (HRF) is a non-profit organization formed in 1996 to provide and promote speech communication training for children and adults with hearing loss.
The past twenty years have seen many exciting technological innovations for people with acquired profound hearing losses. These have included greatly improved hearing aid designs, specialized assistive listening devices, the introduction and rapid development of cochlear implants, and innovations in tactile aid design. Despite these developments, it is apparent that technology is not always enough, and that some people with acquired deafness require special additional assistance even after the fitting of the most appropriate devices.
These technological advances have also made a great impact on the education of children with profound hearing losses, offering many children the chance to acquire effective speech communication skills. The HRF believes that speech production and reception should be an important option for any profoundly deaf child — not as a substitute for sign, but rather as one component of her/his battery of communication skills.
The HRF’s Board of Management includes some of the most influential figures in audiology, education, and aural rehabilitation, including: Myles Kessler, Harry Levitt, Joseph Montano, Geoff Plant, J. Michael Reynolds, Ted Simmons, and Tad Zelski.
Located in Woburn, MA, HRF is a resource that has been used by countless persons who want to learn how to listen more effectively with hearing loss and to develop insight about personal hearing loss management. Foundation president, Geoff Plant, is a tireless advocate for listening training as an important component of hearing loss treatment in improving communication.