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 in every social situation. Read on.


“Dear Neurotone,

“I believe that hearing loss is the most complex, most misunderstood and most devastating, if lost or significantly weakened, of all our senses. My own very difficult and ongoing transition from moderate to severe hearing loss is the reason for this opinion. The vast array of products, services, support groups et al that exist to help hearing impaired people strengthens it mightily.

“After using hearing aids successfully for 22 years, my hearing deteriorated over a two-year period during which my wife, PeeDee, and I learned the disaster caused by severe hearing loss! The final piece of the puzzle of my hearing loss fell into place on a cruise in January 2015. I sat at a table for six in the boat’s huge dining room and literally couldn’t understand a word my tablemates said. I could hear them well: I couldn’t understand them!

“We were thus catapulted into a terribly difficult world which has taken years to understand, to the extent possible, and try to learn how to deal with. For most of that very difficult two-year period, my wife absolutely couldn’t believe I was “hard of hearing.” After all, we had talked to and understood each other well for 54 of our 56-year marriage. That was the worst we faced.

“I have the LACE listening course to thank for finally convincing her that I am truly hard of hearing. I scored 131 on the comprehension test at the beginning of the course! After trying 6 sessions, I had a “eureka” moment and asked PeeDee to watch a segment of a lesson with me and tell me how many words, phrases or sentences she could understand and repeat out loud; she understood and could repeat every word of every sound bite. I could do none! She truly understood from that moment on. Thank you! Perhaps this is a potential new service to add to your array.

“Hearing loss is very, very complicated, grossly misunderstood and is unique individual to individual. What works for me is not necessarily applicable to others, but I suggest the card/note as an arrow in the quiver for people with hearing loss to be used if and when necessary. They can keep a few cards in their wallet, pocket, pocketbook, etc. for use with doctors, lawyers, financial advisers and even more important, with family involved in important decision-making discussions. For me it is comfortable to have around—my neck!”

—Jim Kurfess

What’s on that card?


I Have Hearing Loss

Please talk to me face to face

So I can read your lips.


The idea for the card came to Jim just before his wife’s scheduled hip surgery in 2016. He needed to be able to hear and be understood by doctors and nurses. And now he takes it many places:

“With the card in full view hanging from a lanyard around my neck, I can confidently go anywhere I want to go! I am comfortable going to stores, shops, doctors’ offices, a crowded VA medical clinic, etc. I am comfortable because people who want to or have to talk to me or vice versa will be aware of my severe hearing loss and how to overcome it! It works very, very well.”

For more ideas on quickly improving your listening comprehension, read 10 Tips on Communication for the Hard of Hearing from LACE Auditory Training.

Do you have tips on coping with your hearing loss? If so, please share them in the comments section!



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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For more information regarding LACE Online, contact us today!

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.
[quote author=”Robert W. Sweetow, Ph.D., Professor of Otolaryngology, University of California, San Francisco”]
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

LACE in Australia and New Zealand

Blamey & Saunders Hearing Neurotone is proud to announce the availability of LACE in Australia and New Zealand!
LACE is now sold in Australia and New Zealand from Blamey & Saunders Hearing. Blamey & Saunders Hearing are owned by well-known scientists in the area of evidence-based hearing technology, and have partnered with leading international suppliers to develop a hearing aid specially designed to be adjusted by you, the user. This way you get to adjust the hearing aid just how you want it to sound.

To learn more about Blamey & Saunders Hearing click here.

One in Five U.S. Adolescents Has Hearing Loss

Listening to loud music from headphones can lead to permanent hearing lossAccording to new research from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), hearing loss among U.S. adolescents has surged. Quote from Hearing Mojo:

In findings published in this month’s Journal of the American Medical Association, the researchers analyzed data from two major surveys done by the National Institutes of Health, one done in 2005-2006 and the other done from 1988 through 1994. They found the rate of significant hearing loss — such as inability to hear soft sounds such as whispers or high-frequency sounds such as high musical notes or high-pitched voices — had increased among adolescents aged 12-19 from 14.9 percent in the first survey to 19.5 percent in the second, a 30 percent increase.

Read the whole story at Hearing Mojo

Sign Language Over Mobile Phones

blogHere’s an interesting article on the the “MobileASL” project at UW.

The MobileASL project at UW has been working to optimize compressed video signals for sign language. By increasing image quality around the face and hands, researchers have brought the data rate down to 30 kilobytes per second while still delivering intelligible sign language. MobileASL also uses motion detection to identify whether a person is signing or not, in order to extend the phones’ battery life during video use.

Click here to read the full article at GizMag.com

Check out the video below explaining the research and showing the phones in action