physical therapy for your brain

Note from the Audiologist:  "Hearing aids are a tool to get the sound to your brain.  The brain is where the magic happens with interpreting sound.  LACE helps the brain do it's job with sound, even better.  Even the very best hearing aids can only take you so far.  The hearing system is the 2nd most complex system in the body.  It is amazing what our auditory system/brain has to do to focus on one person and ignore another at the same time.  It is these difficult listening situations that are the most common hearing aid user complaint that LACE helps with.  I like the computer version, where I also get reports on my patients.  LACE is a good value and fills a need in better hearing care."

LACE is an acronym for Listening And Communication Enhancement. Conceived by leading audiologists at the University of California at San Francisco, LACE is an interactive computerized aural rehabilitation program that has already helped thousands of people who live with some degree of hearing loss increase their listening skills by up to 45%. 

We don’t really hear in our ears; we hear in our brain. Hearing aids can help a person detect softer sounds, but they don’t necessarily provide good listening skills.  Even people with normal hearing can be poor listeners. Good listening skills is one of the essential components in effective communication.

Other components include rapid thought processing, auditory memory, use of language skills, and interactive strategies. Additionally,  having confidence in what you thought you heard was what was actually spoken is vital.  These abilities can be damaged both by hearing loss and by the natural aging process. LACE is designed to enhance the ability to communicate by training the brain to best utilize these skills.  Just as physical therapy can help rebuild muscles and adjust movements to compensate for physical weakness or injury, LACE will help you develop skills and strategies to deal with situations when hearing is inadequate. Whether you wear hearing aids, are just acquiring aids, or simply wish to improve your listening skills, LACE training will help you get the most out of the sounds of life. 

LACE is available for Windows and Apple OSX 10.4 or newer computer systems and on most home DVD players for use on your home television.

For more information on LACE please contact our office for options and pricing.

My friend, Dr. Kelly Olenick from the Hearing Zone in Pocatello, describes how and why LACE is used in her practice. "It's like physical therapy for the brain."

Dr. Robert Sweetow, Director of Audiology at UCSF describes what LACE does and why it is important.