While the treatment of hearing loss with the use of hearing instruments is effective, hearing instrument use should be considered only one part of the treatment protocol. An effective treatment protocol for hearing loss must include;
Hearing instrument use
At Sound Hearing Clinic we have chosen to partner with Neurotone in the provision of aural rehabilitation to our clients. Neurotone provides LACE aural rehabilitation (Listening and Comprehension Enhancement) Training. Think of it as physical therapy for the brain. http://youtu.be/ypudPb2sbIA
LACE is an acronym for Listening And Communication Enhancement. Conceived by leading audiologists at the University of California at San Francisco, LACE is an interactive computerized aural rehabilitation program that has already helped thousands of people who live with some degree of hearing loss increase their listening skills by up to 45%.
We don’t really hear in our ears; we hear in our brain. Hearing aids can help a person detect softer sounds, but they don’t necessarily provide good listening skills.
Even people with normal hearing can be poor listeners. Good listening skills is one of the essential components in effective communication.
Other components include rapid thought processing, auditory memory, use of language skills, and interactive strategies. Additionally, the confidence that what you thought you heard was what was actually spoken is vital.
These abilities can be damaged both by hearing loss and by the natural aging process. LACE is designed to enhance the ability to communicate by training the brain to best utilize these skills.
Just as physical therapy can help rebuild muscles and adjust movements to compensate for physical weakness or injury, LACE will help you develop skills and strategies to deal with situations when hearing is inadequate. Whether you wear hearing aids, are just acquiring aids, or simply wish to improve your listening skills, LACE training will help you get the most out of the sounds of life.
LACE is available for Windows 7, XP, Vista and Apple OSX 10.4 or newer computer systems and on most home DVD players for use on your home Television.
Watch this video link for a brief summary from the co-creator of LACE, Dr. Robert Sweetow.