The Auditory/Oral Method
The goal of the auditory/oral method is to help children develop the spoken language and academic skills they need to be successful in a regular classroom environment and to work and live in a predominately hearing society. To meet that goal, children are often educated, at least for a time, in an intensive language-rich environment with other students with hearing loss. (Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
Because technology has improved so drastically in the last 10-20 years, more and more children who were born deaf or hard of hearing are able to use assistive devices such as hearing aids or cochlear implants, learn to speak and listen, and be prepared for mainstream education. Success in mainstream educational settings is dependent upon development of oral communication skills.
HASA’s Auditory/Oral Center offers programs for children from birth to age 5 and teaches them how to function successfully in a speaking world. Please read more about our programs under “Programs.”