How It Works?
How Auditory Therapy Works
Auditory Therapy is about learning (children) & re-learning (adults) to use auditory input from the ears (Hearing Aids) fast, automatically and accurately for better overall hearing performance.
Central auditory processing uses electrical impulses from the ears to form images of all sounds including language, music and noise.
The ability to form these images is a learned / acquired skill, which like all skills we need to practice all our lives to maintain. However, everything learned can be forgotten but of course also can be re-learned at any stage of our lives. We have several therapy tools and clinical training systems in place to help with the learning and re-learning.
Therapy & Low-Level Hearing Functions
The basis of all hearing is the recognition of frequency differences, patterns and sequences of sounds. Our central auditory system puts these components in relation to each other to from ever growing patterns.
With the help of other senses, we assign, through learning, meaning to these patterns -deriving letters, syllables words and finally sentences. These basic functions can be learned, improved and re-learned through Low-Level-Function Training at any stage of our lives.
Your assessment will start with a so called "Central audiogram" testing eight specific, trainable, Low-Level-Functions - one from the visual field, five from the auditory field and two from the auditory-motoric field. We will than evaluate your test result by bench marking it to statistical average performance of your age peers. Based on this we will recommend the needed therapy.
Therapy & Specific Problems with Language
- Allows for Phonem Discrimination
- Vowel-Consonant/Vowel combinations are often difficult to understand as the vowels are louder than the consonant in-between. Such problem combinations can be individually identified with a short test and be specifically trained
- This therapy may be done with a computer program or combined for faster results with lateral trainer
Therapy & Syllable Recognition
Another problem area in comprehending language are consonant vowel combinations (ba-da-ga-ka-pa-ta etc....). In a test we will determine how long it takes you to repeat such sounds and how accurate your understanding them is.
Based on this result we will design a program allowing you to practice these problem sounds which are difficult for you to understand. These will be presented to you and both the time and accuracy of your response will be measured.
Your central auditory system will re-learn to automate the comprehension of these previously difficult to understand sounds.
Therapy & Listening to Music
Language understanding depends on your ability to discriminate different frequencies, dynamic (difference between loud and soft sounds) and rhythm patters, fast and accurately. All these abilities will have suffered from prolonged deprivation due to a hearing loss.
Listening to classical music will provide your auditory system with this long needed input and provide a pleasant informal training. We will set up a special program for Music in your hearing aids and will listen every day to some (preferably) Classical Music to re-train your central auditory system to process the wide variety of sounds your Hearing aids are providing for you in the comfort of your own living-room.
Therapy & Reading
To get used to how voices sound and to assign the correct meaning, we will ask you practice listening and reading along quietly. You may do this at home with your spouse, friend or using pre-recorded material or we can do it with you in our centre using the lateral trainer to make it even more effective.
By reading and listening at the same time, you are able to re-build new recognitions for words and sounds in your brain, which now (with your hearing aids) suddenly sound different.
At assessment time and during the weekly sessions you will get your personal assessment and progress report by the medical documentation system MediTOOLs®.