With the help of the so called Audio-Trainer you will train 8 central hearing functions every day at home. The training provides the basis to understanding speech accurately - also in background noise. To help with the training 6 – 8 consultations and evaluations in weekly intervals are provided.
The ability of directional hearing, the ability to discriminate frequency differences, or the ability to process Speech and other signals quickly. Every sound in a language has certain duration and a certain frequency. If one can’t identify duration and frequency accurately then it will be very difficult to identify and discriminate consonants and vowels correctly.
Because if one cannot understand all sounds clearly one has to develop a compensation strategy. It’s like speaking a foreign language where on does not understand every sound but derive the meaning from the overall context of the whole sentence. As example, take the sentence “ He hammered the .ail into the wall”. Even without hearing the first consonant it’s easy to deduce, that the missing sound is a “n” as we normally only hammering nails into the wall. However it’s not always so easy and can use up a lot of concentration if one has to do this all the time.
Such a person will avoid situations where hearing might be difficult, like meeting other people or going to restaurants.. He suffers more and more in the noisy office. And the more he is avoiding challenging hearing situations, the more his ability to hear in exactly such situations will deteriorate further. This vicious cycle reduces ones central auditory ability step by step further.
The system itself was developed in cooperation with the University Hospital in Hannover, Germany. At first reference values, which proved that central hearing ability starts do gradually deteriorate at around 20 years were established. Then it was evaluated if these central abilities can be, independent of the actual age, trained. Candidates with reduced processing values were chosen, all of them still working and in average 48 years old. Already after 3 to 5 weeks of training were the participants able to reach age specific or even better values. Some even reached optimal values at the end of the training. Following was the correlation of these results to the significantly improvement in everyday listening situations and the ability to hear in noise, established.
Presbycusis is related to the damage to the organic structure of the hair cells in the cochlear and over time through deprivation of proper auditory input, deterioration of central processing. But there are also people 60 + years old who despite normal peripheral hearing have huge problems understanding language. This means, that the main reason of understanding language is in central processing. Of course there are also many cases where both systems are involved.
Roughly 3000 centers are using Hearing Fitness in Germany, Switzerland and Austria today, with more and more around the world. The Hearing Solution Group is the first and only company offering this unique approach in South East Asia.
Conventional Hearing training teaches people conscious approaches on how to re-learn hearing. However, most things we do in daily life, we do automatically – without consciously thinking about it. It is therefore not very useful to teach people strategies on how to hear better. We need to make the process automatic so it happens subconsciously.
The guided training sessions will help you to understand the training and the individual tasks better. You will actually practice at your home alone. Once you achieved your age specific targets you should continue practicing maintaining the achieved and aiming for optimal values.
In many cases not. To solve a hearing problem as well as possible, one has to address also central hearing processing deficiencies. Exactly these are what the clients have to work on by themselves with the help of the guided training.