Now that you’re improving your hearing
INSIDE: LACE “Listening and Communication Enhancement”
Software will help you retrain your brain to listen to your ears.
Hearing Listening is one thing. is another.
did you know that even though you’ve taken steps to improve your improve your ear-to-brain muscle memory. Just as physical
hearing you still may be missing out on words and conversations? therapy can help rebuild physical strength and compensate for
that’s because you hear with your ears—but you listen with weakness, LaCe can assist in developing listening, communication,
your brain. even people with normal hearing can have poor listening and interaction skills.
skills and miss parts of what is said. the good news is that your You can use LaCe at home on your computer or at your
brain can be trained to use strategies that compensate for situations audiologist’s office. Even if you don’t have a hearing loss, LACE
when your hearing ears alone may not be enough. can help you hone your listening skills to understand speech in
LaCe—Listening and Communication enhancement—is difficult hearing environments, like restaurants, crowds, or groups
a computerized, interactive software training program that helps of people.
Hearing with your ears. Listening with your brain.
Vibrating sound waves are turned into nerve Vibrating sound waves are turned into
impulses that travel along a network of nerve meaningful words and understandable
cells to the brain where they are perceived speech, so you can feel confident and enjoy
as sound. day-to-day activities.
LACE is the link between the sounds your ears hear and how your brain interprets them.
Conquer the f ive Hear the forest through the trees. Speech is
challenges of listening. far more difficult to understand when there is background noise.
You may find yourself having trouble understanding conversations
at restaurants or in large groups of people—even when the
as your hearing improves, you’re going to notice that the
person speaking is right next to you. For these situations, you can
world is a noisier place. Loud traffic, poor acoustics, people
develop skills that help you identify and isolate speech in loud
talking on cell phones—it can all add up to meaningless
chatter when you’re trying to hear what someone is saying.
LACE can help you train your brain how to pick
this is where the art of listening comes in. Listening
out a voice in a noisy place.
empowers you to give your brain the information it needs
to make sense of what someone is saying in situations
where it’s difficult to hear. You can enhance your brain’s
listening capability by learning how to overcome five
LaCe offers a variety of listening exercises to conquer
the five challenges of listening. As you go through your training,
you’ll receive feedback that helps you with your learning.
there are also helpful hints and communication strategies to
help keep you motivated and on track.
Speech in Noise
Stay ahead of the fast-talker. It’s difficult to understand Block the double talk. discriminating between two or more
someone who talks very fast. as the rate of speech increases, more of voices can be tricky. You may find the second voice mixing with the one
the signal that travels from your ear to your brain can drop out. Since that you’re trying to understand. This mixing effect makes it difficult to
language is repetitive, the word that was “dropped” is most likely stored block out the extra voices and focus on just one. often, you can address
away in your brain. You can teach your brain how to quickly locate the this challenge simply by asking people to identify themselves to you when
word that you missed and follow along with the rest of the conversation. they are speaking. You can also train your brain to focus on the person
LACE can help you develop rapid thought speaking.
processing skills to make up for lost sounds. LACE can help you teach your brain to focus on
one voice at a time.
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Fill in the _____________. Sometimes you may not hear Pump up your memory. the ability to remember the words
every word a person says, but you’re able to understand the conversation you have heard becomes very important in difficult listening situations.
based on what you know about the situation, the person talking, and the Word memory helps you fill in what you’ve missed and predict what
rules of language. This knowledge allows you to fill in any speech that was might be said next. By focusing on target words, you can train your brain
missed. through training, you can learn how to maximize your language to store entire sentences in your short-term memory, making it easier to
skills and add them to your growing set of listening strategies. follow complete conversations.
LACE can help your brain learn to fill in words LACE can help you remember the words
you’ve missed based on what you know. the person talking has said and predict what may
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think of it as physical therapy for your brain. Start retraining your brain to listen today.
Just as your body responds to physical therapy over time, so can your brain. to get started, simply drop this Cd with the LaCe software into your
By following the LACE training schedule of 30 minutes a day, five days a computer. It works on both Windows and apple PCs, so it’s easy to
week for four weeks, you’ll notice your skills improving in a relatively install. each day, after you complete your LaCe listening, your
short amount of time. Most people raise their listening scores by the fifth progress will be sent automatically to your health care provider’s
day of training, and keep right on improving all the way to day twenty. office. Don’t worry, LACE uses a secure server, so your computer
LaCe makes it easy for you and your health care provider to track your will be safe and your information will stay private.
progress, too. at the end of each training session, LaCe automatically
transmits your exercises to your provider’s office using a secure server.
Your provider can view your training and make appropriate adjustments
to your hearing therapy.
You hear with your ears. train your brain to listen.
LaCe—Listening and Communication enhancement—is a personal
computer software program that helps you train your brain to listen
better. LaCe is designed to complement your therapy during your hearing
aid trial period. But LaCe can also be used by anyone—with or without
hearing loss—who wants to build listening confidence in difficult hearing
• LaCe is a home-based, self-paced listening training program.
• Runs on Windows or apple PCs.
• Simple and intuitive—even for computerphobes.
• Helps compensate for hearing loss by strengthening thinking and
memory skills and providing situational strategies.
• automatically transmits your results to your health care provider
for easy tracking of your progress.
• teaches you how to conquer listening challenges, like noisy restaurants,
so you can enjoy daily activities more.
Listening and Communication enhancement Software
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