Successful communications for the hearing impaired can be hindered in demanding environments or during certain situations.

For instance, low lighting and loud noises can make it difficult for both speaker and listener to understand what is being discussed.

Some people are slow talkers, talk very fast, or move around while talking. This can cause disconnects between what is said and what is heard or deciphered.

The brain can play a crucial role in overcoming these obstacles.

That is the purpose of LACE (Listening And Communication Enhancement) Auditory Training. 

It is an active listening strategy that retrains the brain. The result is up to 40% better speech comprehension during difficult listening situations.

What Is LACE?

In challenging environments where hearing can be difficult, LACE provides auditory training strategies to help anyone listen and communicate better.

The program retrains the brain to listen more effectively because it is the ears that hear – but it is the brain that listens and understands.

While hearing aids can increase sound detection, LACE can increase language processing.

Language processing is how humans communicate ideas and feelings, using words and expressions.

LACE enhances the way we process and understand those ideas.

This is accomplished with strategies that increase the speed at which the brain processes information, improving auditory memory, and strategies that support the interactive use of multiple listening skills.

4 Types Of LACE Exercises

Listening And Communication Enhancement Auditory Training exercises are like physical therapy for the ears.

Listening skills can be strengthened and rebuilt with practice strategies designed to benefit the listener in poor hearing environments. These include:

  • Word Memory – remember keywords that have already been spoken, training your brain to think in the context of the conversation, and predict what may be said next.
  • Rapid Speech Understanding – enhances the hearer’s ability to process rapid speech by addressing divided attention.
  • Speech-in-Noise Comprehension – helps anyone listen better in noisy environments by focusing on voice sounds.
  • Competing Speaker – Overcome difficulties when more than one person is speaking by concentrating on one voice at a time.

LACE is different from hearing aids that detect sound.

LACE addresses the other important factors that can hinder your brain’s ability to listen well and understand better. When you learn to listen better, you comprehend more of what is being said.

The focus is taken away from hearing every word, and instead, the listener learns to use the brain for better understanding.

Learn More About LACE

Learn more about this exciting auditory rehabilitation program offered at Preferred Hearing Centers.

LACE (Listening And Communication Enhancement) Auditory Training is included in our patient’s benefits, in addition to their total Hearing Loss Treatment program.

Our goal is not to simply fit you with the latest in hearing technology; we also want to provide you with full hearing loss support, care, and guidance to make sure your hearing is working at its highest level of performance.

Start with a comprehensive hearing assessment to establish a baseline of your hearing capacity.

From here, we can create a customized program to reduce further hearing loss and improve your overall hearing capacity.

To find out more, or to start your journey to better hearing, click here to request a callback, and our team will get back to you shortly.

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Mark D. Johnson, HAS, BC-HIS, A.C.A.

Mark began his career in the hearing healthcare field in 1993 with a major hearing aid/care provider. He opened his own practice in 1994 in Orlando, Fl.  In 1995, he became board-certified, and through continued training received his A.C.A. credentialing as a certified audioprosthologist in 1997. He has conducted many hearing educational workshops, both for professionals and for the general public, and trained many individuals in the hearing healthcare field.