After hearing impaired individuals have been without optimal hearing for some time, auditory deprivation can develop. Hearing signals aren’t getting to the brain so it gets “lazy”.
Over time, people with hearing loss can lose their ability to recognize speech. A number of factors can worsen speech recognition including; age, background noise, concentration, processing speed, and working memory.
Hearing aids are effective in partially restoring hearing but it’s not a cure-all to better auditory communication.
With time, auditory training can help improve Word Recognition Scores (WRS) on a hearing test, which translates to better speech recognition in everyday situations.
What is Auditory Training?
Auditory training or “brain training” is a systematic program developed to enhance listening skills and improve speech understanding.
It works on your core cognitive skills including attention, memory and processing speed. A concept involving neuroplasticity.
How Does it Work?
Individuals are put through a series of tasks designed to sharpen hearing skills in situations involving background noise, male/female voices, distinguishing tone frequencies, differing consonants, and more.
Training is multifaceted, targeting the specific deficits the person with hearing loss most needs to be successful in real life situations.
Angel Sound is a free interactive auditory training and hearing assessment program that lets you take control of your listening rehabilitation independently or self-administer your functional hearing test at home.
You gain practice in discriminating and identifying sounds and speech components through a series of self-paced modules that cover different aspects of the listening process.
The level of difficulty is automatically adjusted to match your developing listening skills. The program provides audio-visual feedback, highlighting areas you can continue to practice.
The training and testing results can be shared with your clinician or therapist, who can provide further advice on your rehabilitation.
Desktop Downloadable Software:
Mobile Edition for Apple iOS:
brainHQ: Brain Fitness Program
Posit Science helps people be at their best throughout their lives by providing brain-training exercises clinically proven to improve cognitive performance.
The BrainHQ brain-training program represents the culmination of 30 years of research in neurological science and related medicine.
It was designed by an international team of neuroscientists, led by Michael Merzenich—a professor emeritus in neurophysiology, member of the National Academy of Sciences, co-inventor of the cochlear implant, and Kavli Prize laureate.
Using a special algorithm, each exercise adapts in difficulty as you work so that you always train at the optimum level for you—where you are most likely to improve your performance.
$14 USD / month or $96 USD / year
brainHQ for Android:
brainHQ for Apple iOS:
clEAR – Customized Learning Exercises for Aural Rehab
clEAR helps improves your speech discrimination through training listening and auditory brain skills by playing fun computer games.
Training can by customized by selecting clEAR voices or by recording the voices of family and friends.
Progress is measured by tracking scores to watch how you improve over time. Personalized attention from a clEAR hearing healthcare provider is available.
$24 USD / month
LACE – Listening and Communication Enhancement
Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE) assists in developing listening, communication skills and strategies to help compensate in situations when hearing is inadequate.
LACE is an adaptive, interactive computerized aural rehabilitation program that claims to increase listening skills by up to 40%.
It helps develop skills and strategies to deal with situations when hearing is inadequate.
LACE Auditory Training Video
$79 USD one time fee