Improving communication for people with hearing problems can often require a multi-pronged attack. The hearing aid is one element, the programming, fine tuning and verification is another, and then we need to look at improving listening and communicating tactics, such as the use of lip reading and body language to back up the aural information.
We can also improve our listening skills by exercising and training our hearing system.
Listening and Communication Enhancement (L.A.C.E)
We use a system called L.A.C.E. which is an acronym for Listening and Communication Enhancement (L.A.C.E.) L.A.C.E was 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%.
Just as physical therapy can help rebuild muscles and adjust movements to compensate for physical weakness or injury, LACE can 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.
How does LACE improve your hearing?
LACE does not improve your hearing. LACE can improve your listening. Even people with normal hearing can be poor listeners. Good listening skills are one of the components essential for effective communication. LACE is designed to enhance your ability to listen and communicate with or without a hearing instrument. LACE has proven to increase listening skills up to 40%.
No matter how good your hearing aids are, you’re not going to achieve maximal communication skills without some kind of training. Hearing aids are designed to get the sound into your ear and up to your brain, but what your brain does with that sound is not going to be a function of the hearing aid. Often, new hearing aid wearers are not able to adjust to the new sounds they are hearing and they end up taking their hearing aids out. If these people had better training in developing their listening skills the process of adapting to new hearing aids can be far easier resulting in better results and a far more satisfied hearing aid wearer.
It is not a requirement to wear a hearing aid to use L.A.C.E. anyone who has difficulty with hearing in noisy environments, listening, or communicating can benefit. If you would like to find out more please call us on 01494 733840.