Auditory Rehabilitation Training
Aural Rehab or Auditory Rehabilitation Training is the process of providing training and treatment to improve hearing for those who are hearing impaired. Hearing rehabilitation services focus on adjusting to hearing loss, making the best use of hearing aids, exploring assistive devices, managing conversations, and taking charge of communication. The goal of auditory rehabilitation programs is to improve speech communication through the use of auditory training.
Value Hearing Aid Center uses the LACE program, the industry’s benchmark in auditory computer training. LACE is an interactive aural rehab listening computer program designed to rehabilitate and retrain the brain to comprehend speech better in difficult listening environments. The LACE program is specifically designed to help people improve their cognitive skills, i.e. (short-term memory) and communication skills so that people with hearing loss and those with hearing aids can get the most speech comprehension out of the sounds they still do hear.
LACE provides a variety of interactive training exercises which is adaptive based on the persons hearing and speech comprehension level. The training exercises automatically intensifies as improvement is achieved. These exercises support and rebuilds neural pathways in the brain which restores the brains cognitive ability to understand speech. These exercises also employ key communications strategies in various environments which requires, promotes and enhances the brains cognitive ability to focus and listen. Hearing aids can help a person detect softer sounds, but they don’t provide good listening skills. Even people with normal hearing can be poor listeners.
Good listening skills are one of the components essential for effective communication. Other components include rapid thought processing, auditory memory, use of language skills, and interactive communication strategies. These skills can be damaged both by hearing loss and by the natural aging process. The LACE program enhances the ability to communicate by maximizing listening skills and communication strategies for individuals who are new to using hearing aids, those who are experienced hearing aid users, and those who have hearing loss but do not use hearing aids.