Auditory verbal therapy FAQs Our child is being assessed for a cochlear implant. Should we wait? No, research shows that the earlier you start AVT, the better the outcomes for your child will be. Auditory verbal therapy is a diagnostic approach which complements the routine tests carried out during cochlear implant assessment. The large majority of children with a profound hearing loss have some degree of useful hearing in the lower frequencies. Our role is to ensure that your child is making the very best use of their residual hearing as they await cochlear implant fitting. We do this by giving you auditory verbal techniques and strategies to use at home that maximise listening and speaking in everyday situations.