What is Auditory Brain Therapy?

Auditory Brain Therapy is a method of hearing rehabilitation. The therapy uses the plasticity of our brains to its advantage. By using cognitive training exercises and modified sounds, auditory brain therapy aims to teach our brains what we’re hearing.

Auditory brain therapy is a treatment option to help rehabilitate central auditory processing disorder and hearing loss. It is also used to help patients adjust to the use of hearing aid devices or cochlear implants. Further applications of auditory brain therapy include helping the treatment of:

  • ADD
  • Autism
  • Stress
  • Anxiety

How Does Auditory Brain Therapy Work?

In order to explain how auditory brain therapy works, it’s important to first understand how we hear.

It might surprise you to know that we hear with our brain, not our ears. The function of our ears is to send auditory signals to our brain. Our brain then translates these signals into sounds and speech.

Hearing loss is often the result of damage to the tiny hair cells within the ear. This can interrupt the signals that our brain is receiving. In many cases, a hearing aid can help restore hearing.

When left untreated, hearing loss has been linked to an increased risk of cognitive decline. Essentially, the parts of the brain that we’re not using stop working.

Auditory brain therapy focuses on using our brains to help improve our hearing. Some therapies available include:

  • The Listening Program®(TLP) - This is a noise desensitization therapy that helps to train the brain to better process, receive, utilize and store the information we receive from our environment. It is “a music listening method, personalized just for you to improve your brain health, at any age or level of ability.” Learn more by clicking here.
  • Earobics - This is another noise desensitization therapy.  Designed for students in prekindergarten through grade 3, it provides students“with individual, systematic instruction in early literacy skills as students interact with animated characters.” Read more about Earobics by clicking here. 
  • LACE - Listening And Communication Enhancement (LACE) assists “in developing listening and communication skills and strategies that will help compensate for those situations when hearing is inadequate.” According to their website, independent clinical trials have shown LACE to improve listening skills in noise by over 30%. Read more about LACE here.
  • BrainHQ - Exercise your brain with this brain fitness program. BrainHQ offers cognitive training that is individually tailored. Read more by clicking here.

Auditory brain therapy is effectively physical therapy for our brains. Just as physical therapy can help us recover from an injury, auditory brain therapy can help develop listening and communication skills.

If you are new to hearing aids or wear a cochlear implant, auditory brain therapy may be of benefit to you. If you’d like to discuss further, please get in touch with the hearing specialists at HearingLife (formerly Family Audiology). Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our hearing care professionals.

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