yeah if you don't want the CI, don't worry about it. If you have an ipod touch/ipad/iphone, you can download an app called Hear Coach for free. it's an app designed by Starkey Labs, an auditory practice sort of app. It'll say a word and you have to listen for the word and tap on the word you think the app is saying (there's like 4 choices of words at first, and as you get better at hearing and picking the right word, then you get 6 word choices, then so on and so forth). There's different levels. There's also a part where it'll say a series of a few numbers and you have to punch in the numbers you think the app says. I've been using it for auditory rehab with my CI so far. Also, the Listening Room at hearingjourney.com has a variety of auditory rehab materials all for free too. More aimed for CI users, but I'm sure you can work with the materials with your hearing aids to improve your speech recognition.
If you want actual speech therapy though, if the therapist you spoke with will only work with you if you have the CI... how about a friend or someone you're close to that could help you out? I don't know if you're wanting to improve your speech or if it's speech recognition you want to work on, my mind's kind of all over the place right now and I can't think straight.
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