Latest Study Proves Speech-in-Noise Training Works!

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We investigated training-related improvements in listening in noise and the biological mechanisms mediating these improvements. Training-related malleability was examined using a program that incorporates cognitively based listening exercises to improve speech-in-noise perception.

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New Release: LACE Online With Integration

Clinics can easily dispense and track LACE Online training data from within their Sycle account.

LACE® Online with Sycle integrationNeurotone, makers of LACE®, the leading auditory training program, is proud to announce the integration of LACE Online into, the industry’s leading hearing care practice management system. Sycle users, who elect to add LACE training to their subscription, can provide training for any and all patients seen in a subscribing month.

Sycle facilitates the creation of LACE® Online programs directly from within the clinic interface; providing clinicians with real-time patient compliance data including global reporting mechanisms within its database for all patients. LACE Online auditory training can be completed in just eleven 20-minute training sessions. Training includes QuickSIN testing, speech in in noise, rapid speaker, competing speaker training and word memory exercises found in the computer application.

LACE Online assists busy practitioners by offering the benefits of auditory training in a simple-to-use web application that can be accessed on any computer, tablet or smart phone. Users can start their training on a home computer, move to an iPad or Android tablet and even train on iPhone or Android phones. All training records are saved in the cloud and viewable by the Sycle clinician.

Clinicians can dispense LACE Online access codes directly from their Sycle account, receive training data for each patient and use this information to counsel patients on their performance. Clinician time needed to dispense LACE Online is less than two minutes.
Hearing Mojo raved:

“Now that Neurotone has put the LACE training program Online, there is no excuse not to use it. LACE is a proven method of training your brain to better understand speech in challenging listening environments. Now that it’s directly accessible on the web, with an attractive retail price, it may be the easiest and least expensive investment you’ll ever make to achieve better hearing”.

Neurotone provides Auditory Training Software and web applications for Audiologists, Dispensers and University training programs. Over 80,000 users have increased their communication capabilities by up to 40% in independent clinical trials.


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Video: 72 % of Teenagers Experienced Reduced Hearing Ability After Attending Concert

Ouch! It's too loud!Do you and your loved ones bring ear plugs to concerts? A new study by the House Research Institute says that 72 % of Teenagers Experienced Reduced Hearing Ability After Attending Concert.

“Teenagers need to understand a single exposure to loud noise either from a concert or personal listening device can lead to hearing loss,” said M. Jennifer Derebery, MD, lead author and physician at the House Clinic. “With multiple exposures to noise over 85 decibels, the tiny hair cells may stop functioning and the hearing loss may be permanent.”

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New Video: LACE Training a key to hearing better in noise

HEARaThis is a must-see video for everyone!

Dr. Sandra Vandenhoff, the founder of HEARa and an audiologist with severe to profound hearing loss, has just produced this excellent video regarding the need for Aural Rehabilitation.

In addition to being a Doctor of Audiology and a cochlear implant recipient, Dr. Vandenhoff provides LACE Coaching services for individuals who wish to improve their ability to understand speech in noise.

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Hearing Aid Know Reviews LACE Online

Hearing Aid KnowCheck out this post regarding our latest product release: LACE Online

I think the release of the web-based version will make it easier for people to try LACE and get the benefit from it – it’s compatible with iPad and other mobile devices so you can train wherever you are. And being a bit of a nerd myself, it’s good to see them using HTML5 rather than Flash.

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Hearing Mojo Reviews LACE Online

LACE OnlineCheck out this great review of our latest product release: LACE Online

LACE Online makes it a lot easier to access auditory training than earlier versions, which came on DVDs and CD-ROMs, and it performs extremely well. One of the challenges of a highly interactive online site with a lot of audio and video is to deliver response times fast enough to keep up with the user’s pace through the program. LACE Online met all my expectations for immediate response times, not only with my high-bandwidth fiber connection to my desktop, but also when I used the much slower 3G wireless data connection with my iPad2 (LACE Online doesn’t depend on Flash, so all the videos run beautifully on the iPad).

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Independent study of the effectiveness of LACE

LACE Listening ProgramA recent independent study of the effectiveness of LACE training has been published in the journal, Cerebral Cortex (Song, et al, 2011). In this study the authors describe behavioral improvements on speech in noise measures, and, for the first time, changes in neurophysiologic responses in participants that completed the LACE training.

More about the study:
Participants were normal hearing young adults, all of whom were proficient in the English language, but half of the participants were non-native speakers of English. Participants were randomly assigned to the training group, or to a control group. Both groups completed baseline testing that included the QuickSIN, HINT and auditory brainstem responses. The training group completed the LACE protocol and showed significant improvements on the LACE training tasks, the QuickSIN and the HINT. These participants also showed enhancements in the neurophysiologic representation of pitch cues in the presence of background noise. The control group did not show changes on any measures. This study is the first to show that short-term training with naturalistic stimuli, like those used in LACE, can improve the neural representation of speech cues that are critical for understanding speech in noise.

When discussing the study the authors contend: “…change in perception and neurophysiology likely resulted from the way in which LACE integrates cognitive factors into its auditory training exercises.” The authors stress the importance of LACE’s unique approach of integrating sensory and cognitive training to improve listening in difficult environments.

At Neurotone we are very pleased to see independent studies like these and wanted to share with you the latest support for using LACE in your practice.

Dig Deeper:
Direct link to full study – PDF file

Better Hearing Institute Aural Education Article

Better Hearing InstituteCheck out the newest aural education article for consumers at the Better Hearing Institute. Dr. Robert W. Sweetow, Professor of Otolaryngology, University of California, San Francisco has created a patient counseling article which helps the consumer understand why training the brain to listen is so important in optimizing the hearing aid experience.
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It should be reinforced at this point that better hearing is not a passive process where you simply let the hearing aids do all the work; success does not rest solely on the hearing aid and the expertise of the hearing healthcare professional. To optimize your hearing aid experience you must become an active participant. One of the best ways to do this is to become an active listener using software like LACE.
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The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is a not-for-profit corporation that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it. Learn More

“LACE will train our brains how to better interpret these sounds”

Evergreen Speech & HearingWe recently conducted in interview with Dr. Cheryl Lokanis AuD from Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic regarding their successful implementation of LACE into their practice. Please read the complete interview below.

How exactly do you use LACE in your practice?

At Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic, we have a comprehensive aural rehabilitation program called “The Connect Program” which incorporates several keys elements, including LACE. The hearing instruments allow patients to gain access to sound, while the LACE training sharpens the ability to make sense of these sounds that the patient hears. We dispense LACE to all our Connect patients, both new and long term, who have recently purchased new hearing devices.

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President Obama Signs 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act

President Obama Signs 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility ActOn October 8th 2010, President Obama signed the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 into law.

According to the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT), the new law:

  • Provides definitions for “advanced communications” (including interconnected and non-interconnected voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), electronic messaging, and interoperable video conferencing services); “consumer-generated media”; and “disability.”
  • Requires telephones used with the Internet to be hearing aid compatible.

For a complete list of the items this law covers, visit the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology.

Watch Video of President Obama Signing the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act below