Fotolia 129087144 Subscription Monthly XLThose with hearing loss don’t have to reserve themselves to a life without enjoyable listening experiences. On the contrary, there are a number of auditory training measures we can take to help our brains actually hear better.

Auditory training seeks to improve listening skills and improve speech comprehension for hearing aid wearers. Formal listening activities are utilized to improve speech perception by “training” the brain processes that aid the listening process.

Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama reminds you that these exercises have been shown to help hearing aid wearers’ speech understanding, even in noisy surroundings.

Formal listening programs are for hearing aid wearers who have adjusted to hearing sounds with their devices and have reached a plateau in their listening skills. Training is often utilized by those who have recently experienced a change in hearing abilities.

Developments in the following three areas over the past decade have seemed to suggest auditory training is working:

1. Cochlear Implant (CI): The first generation of CI users needed help adjusting to the new sound sensations they were experiencing – similar to patients who received physical therapy after surgery on a hip, knee or shoulder.

2. Brain: Research on the malleable nature of the brain increasingly shows that auditory stimuli can create change in the central nervous system.

3. Internet: Technology has made it more practical for clinicians to offer auditory training, with most people to do some of their sessions at home to save time and money. A combination of clinical and home training sessions is the most effective, with the experts available to interact and provide assistance to clients when necessary.

Research shows auditory training is most effective when sessions are conducted in an intensive manner (the more time put into it, the better). Home-based programs are also receiving high marks for their results.

Individuals with hearing loss can familiarize themselves with these online training programs at home:

Those with Cochlear Implants may try these listening programs:

For more information on services available at Physicians Hearing Center, call us at 334.673.7399 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .