What the research shows about auditory brain training:
• Improves speech discrimination (JSLHR, 2016; 2017)
• Reduces perceptual effort (Semin Hear, 2015)
• Diminishes everyday listening challenges (JSLHR, 2016)
• Increases confidence for engaging in conversations (JSLHR, 2017; JAAA, 2012)
Much attention has been paid to the Johns Hopkins study that showed untreated hearing loss can hasten age-related cognitive decline (J. Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 2011). Consequently, many patients are receptive to the notion of “exercising” their listening skills and cognitive auditory abilities. Auditory brain training can be a key component in a comprehensive hearing healthcare plan, especially given the public’s growing awareness of the link between hearing treatment and good cognitive health.