Auditory training

Helping you to get the most out of your new hearing aids

Adapting to your hearing aids

Our auditory training is listening therapy designed to exercise and develop your auditory processing skills, and is an important part of adapting to your new hearing aids.

That’s why, at Cardiff Hearing, we include auditory training in all of our hearing aid treatment plans.

Our auditory training programme is £150, or free with our ReviveHear Programme, included in all of our hearing aid treatment plans.

Listening & Communication Enhancement

If you have a hearing loss, hearing aids are amazing at restoring the sounds you’ve been missing, but it can take a while for your brain to get used to hearing and processing these sounds again. Luckily we have a personal trainer for your ears with our auditory training!

It isn’t just our ears that are responsible for what we can and can’t hear, our brains are a major part of the puzzle. While our ears are the hardware that detect the sounds, our brain runs the software that processes what we hear. By exercising and developing your auditory processing skills, new hearing aid users can see an improvement in their ability to hear speech in places with lots of background noise. Our auditory processing is responsible for how well we recognise sounds and words, differentiate between two competing voices, and pick a conversation out of background noise.

For some, when using hearing aids for the first time, it’s the equivalent of coming out of a darkened room and being faced with bright sunlight – it can take a while to see clearly without squinting and finding it uncomfortable.

Using auditory training, we will teach you how to sort through all of the new sounds you’re experiencing with your new hearing aids, so from coffee shops to train stations, you and your ears can confidently face any environment.

Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE) is an online, game-based auditory training program that simulates real-life situations. It adapts to your rate of progress, so it is different for everyone, and as with any training, auditory training does take some commitment from you. LACE consists of 11 sessions, each taking around 15 minutes to complete and improvements can be seen after just six sessions. Plus, you can always return to your LACE account, should you need any top-up training at any time in the future.

LACE has a whole host of research backing its effectiveness in improving auditory skills, and has been helping hearing aid users in the US improve listening skills since 2008. LACE has been shown to train the brain to process speech up to 40% better in challenging hearing situations.