Auditory Training

Auditory Training

Many people who do not need hearing aids have problems hearing well in noisy or echoey environments.

Even with the best hearing aids possible, these problems can still persist. We offer specialised auditory training to help you make the most of your hearing in these difficult listening conditions.

Some auditory training tasks can be integrated into everyday life, and we will discuss these with you during your assessment appointment.

We also offer the LACE programme (Listening and Communication Enhancement). LACE has been shown to improve general listening ability, and specific ability to hear in difficult listening situations (for example, background noise).

LACE takes only 30 minutes per day, and can be done in front of your computer at home. It regularly measures your progress, and we can monitor this from the clinic.

LACE provides training in 3 main areas:

Degraded Speech Training
  • Speech in Babble – listening in crowds
  • Time Compressed Speech – listening to fast talkers
  • Competing Speech – listening with a competing voice distraction

Auditory Memory and Cognitive Skills Training
  • Target Word – short and long term memory training
  • Missing Word – improves speed of processing and use of contextual cues

Helpful Communication Tips
  • Strategies to help in daily activities
  • Information about hearing loss
  • Communication tips for you and others around you

At the first appointment you will be given either a DVD to play through your television at home, or a CD to play through your computer. The training consists of either 10 (DVD) or 20 (CD) sessions, which are each about 30 minutes long.

The first session is completed in the clinic, and then further training sessions can be done at home. If you use the DVD version we will also need to do some further LACE assessment sessions in the clinic. For best results you should try to complete 5 sessions per week.

Follow up appointments at the clinic are arranged as necessary. These are to assess progress, and give additional auditory training tasks. Ideally these reviews should be after every 5 LACE training sessions completed at home.

In addition, we believe that the importance of good counselling and support for you and your family cannot be underestimated. Hearing difficulty is a potentially isolating and devastating loss for both the person with the hearing difficulty and their family. Many changes in the way informal communication takes place are necessary. These are not always easy or natural and can place a significant strain on relationships. We are here to support you as much as we can.