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Homework for Hearing Impairment: Auditory Training

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Jeanne Graulich
Jeanne Graulich
Jeanne Graulich, MA, CCC-A is an audiologist on staff to guide your hearing aid journey in a safe and practical way. Jeanne brings over 30 years of experience fitting hearing aids, specializing in fittings with adults. Her passion for improving communication and overall quality of life shines through in every interaction.

Training programs for listening are available over the internet.  Known as Auditory Training, programs to improve listening skills utilize self-guided practice in discriminating between sounds, syllables, words, and music in quiet and/or noise in a progressively more difficult sequence.   Auditory training for hearing impairment can be compared to physical therapy for bodily weakness.  Some activities are listening games specific to various areas of emphasis such as those for a new hearing aid user or a user who has difficulty in hearing women and children.  Programs can focus on auditory attention, processing speed, or memory all of which enhance communication.  To increase flexible use, activities can be completed in small time increments and some can be used on a mobile device as well as a computer.   Some of the applications are free,  some have a monthly or yearly subscription rate.  Here are a few of the options, but a search for Auditory Training in Adults is recommended to specifically meet individual preferences.