Entries by Traci Hukill

Does LACE Work? Scientists Say Yes.

Here at Neurotone we talk a lot about Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE), the aural rehabilitation program that retrains your brain to listen. Created by audiologists to help new hearing aid users make sense of all the sounds they’re hearing for the first time in years, LACE also works for veteran hearing aid users as […]

A User Shares Tips

We recently received a letter from LACE user Jim Kurfess. Jim, 84, used hearing aids successfully for more than two decades before encountering severe deterioration in hearing and listening comprehension. Since then, Jim has made two helpful discoveries:  a way of using LACE to demonstrate his difficulties to a dubious spouse, and a simple but effective communication tool that aids him […]

10 Tips on Communication for the Hard of Hearing

When you’re hard of hearing, day-to-day communication can be difficult, and group activities can be downright exhausting. Here are some tips from the audiology specialists at LACE on making conversation easier.   1. Position yourself about 3 to 5 feet from the person you are talking with. The loudness of sound fades rapidly as it travels, so […]

Listen Up! There’s Hope for the Hard-of-Hearing.

The statistics on hearing loss in America are pretty grim. It’s the #3 health issue for older adults, after arthritis and heart disease. It can lead to depression and mental decline, and it has major implications for quality of life. Fortunately, humans are rational creatures who do sensible things to improve their circumstances, right? Not […]

Hearing Loss and Military Service: A Muffled Epidemic

Hearing loss among military vets doesn’t get much respect, as injuries go. No one hugs overseas-bound soldiers at the airport saying, “Just make it back home with all your hearing, you understand?” Maybe they should. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, hearing loss and tinnitus are the two most common service-related disabilities among […]

Hearing, Listening and Your Brain

“There is a distinct difference between hearing and listening,” writes Woodbury, N.Y. audiologist Diana Callesano in the January/February issue of Hearing Loss Magazine. “Listening incorporates a variety of cognitive skills that hearing alone does not require.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Neurotone’s LACE (Listening and Communication Enhancement) training was designed to sharpen up […]

The 5 Best Things About LACE Training

by Traci Hukill I took the LACE training course in December. What that means is that for 30 minutes a day for three weeks, I sat down in front of my computer in a quiet room and did listening comprehension exercises designed to improve my listening skills, complete with regular testing to monitor my progress. […]

Hearing Aids, Then And Now

A look back at some of the hearing devices of the past and their modern-day counterparts.  BLARIN’ WITH FLAIR Old-timey Hearing Aid: The Ear Trumpet  The first widely manufactured hearing aids were ear trumpets—those instruments of aural assistance that were about as discreet as a giraffe at your dinner table. They ranged from about 6 inches to […]

Denver Theater Gets Serious About Hearing Accessibility

For fans of live theater, life is far richer for it, and having to do without it because of hearing loss is a sad thing. Maybe those people should consider relocating to Colorado. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is in the middle of a pathbreaking season of equal opportunity for the hard-of-hearing, […]

Evelyn Glennie: Still Helping Us Listen

“My aim really is to teach the world to listen,” says Evelyn Glennie at the opening of her wildly popular 2003 TED Talk, “How to Truly Listen.” “That’s my only real aim in life.” Much has changed in the 12 years since the celebrated Scottish percussionist urged an audience in Monterey to “really use our bodies as a resonating […]