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  1. 1. LACE If I had a penny for every time a patient told me, “I can hear just fine, she just mumbles,” I’d be rich! And, if you’re reading this, chances are that you or someone you know has a hearing loss and you’ve probably heard something very similar. Maybe you have your own explanation for nothearing your spouse or loved one. Here’s another one I hear fairlyoften: “If she wouldn’t talk to me from another room, I’d hear herjust fine.” That reminds me of a joke I once heard. It goessomething like this: A man suspected his wife of having a hearingloss. So, he decided to test it out.He stood behind her a few feet while she cooked dinner. Heasked, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” No answer. So, he steppedcloser and asked again, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Still noanswer. So he stepped even closer and asked once again,“Honey, what’s for dinner?” and he finally got a response…”Forthe THIRD time…Chicken!” Sound familiar?Hearing instruments have come a long way to help people withhearing loss to hear in many different listening situations. But,there will still be situations that most people with hearing loss willfind difficult, even with the latest technology advancements. Oneof these is hearing in a background of noise. In fact, hearing innoise is the number one complaint of hearing instrument wearers.But the fact of the matter is it may not be just the instruments. Itmay be you!California Hearing Aid Professionals714-776-8757 (Anaheim)626-963-7200 (Glendora)
  2. 2. We know that the mechanical, working part of the ear – the outerear canal, the eardrum, middle ear bones and the cochlea – arewhat help us to hear. But, it’s what happens after the soundreaches our brain that helps us to listen.Hearing instruments provide the means by which a hearing losscan be overcome. They make sounds more hearable. But theycan’t help a person listen or understand the message beingdelivered to the ear from the hearing aid. Even people withnormal hearing can be poor listeners. Anyone with a teenager inthe family can testify to that!Good listening skills are one of several important components formaking sure the message is understood clearly. In addition,confidence in your listening skills is important in helping you tounderstand conversation. These skills can be damaged byacquiring hearing loss and by the “accumulation of birthdays.”So, if hearing instruments aren’t the only answer, what can youdo? If you ask most audiologists that question, they’ll tell youAural Rehabilitation is the key, which generally consists of groupclasses where new skills for better listening are practiced. But“rehab” tends to have a negative connotation that can stir up badmemories of lip reading classes or long and tedious courses thatsometimes have little benefit.What if there was another option? What if there was a way tohelp yourself better understand what you are hearing with veryCalifornia Hearing Aid Professionals714-776-8757 (Anaheim)626-963-7200 (Glendora)
  3. 3. little time or effort? Sounds too good to be true? Well, there issuch a program. It is training programs that can help those withhearing loss listen more effectively. It’s called LACE – Listeningand Communication Enhancement and you can think about it likea Physical Therapy for your brain.Just as physical therapy is necessary after an injury, training toimprove your listening skills is necessary if you have had ahearing loss for any length of time. And, even more incredible isthe fact that even people with normal hearing have found thisprogram helpful in the difficult situation of listening in backgroundnoise. If you don’t have any trouble hearing in quiet, but noticethat you strain to understand in a noisy situation, this programmay be for you! Of the patients that have completed the program nationally,most have shown at least a 30% increase in their listeningabilities in noise and many are above 40% improvement! That’sincredible! More importantly is what I have been hearing frompatients in our practice. One person told me, “I notice I’m moreconfident when I’m out with friends.” Another told me, “LACEtaught me to pay attention better, which takes the pressure toHEAR off of me.”The greatest thing about LACE is that it is a home-basedprogram. You can do it at home on your computer at your ownpace. There is even a DVD version for the not-so-computer-saavy. The program will take you step-by-step throughindividualized training sessions. Each 30-minute session isCalifornia Hearing Aid Professionals714-776-8757 (Anaheim)626-963-7200 (Glendora)
  4. 4. designed to provide a variety of interactive and adaptive tasksthat will help train your brain to listen and communicate moreeffectively. Even better is the fact that each session is tracked viathe internet and scores are provided to your audiologist. Thisallows her to review your progress and review with you whereyour struggles are or what you might need to focus on moreintently.LACE has truly been a great addition to our clinic and for ourpatients. If you’d like more information, check out neurotone.comor make an appointment to talk with us about LACE training. Ithink you’ll like what you hear. For More Information about LACE Call Us at 714-776-8757 (Anaheim) 626-963-7200 (Glendora) or visit www.californiahearingaid.comCalifornia Hearing Aid Professionals714-776-8757 (Anaheim)626-963-7200 (Glendora)