Options for Auditory Training for Adults with Hearing Loss

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Hearing aid devices alone do not adequately compensate for sensory losses despite significant technological advances in digital technology. Overall use rates of amplification among adults with hearing loss remain low, and overall satisfaction and performance in noise can be improved. Although improved technology may partially address some listening problems, auditory training may be another alternative to improve speech recognition in noise and satisfaction with devices. The literature underlying auditory plasticity following placement of sensory devices suggests that additional auditory training may be needed for reorganization of the brain to occur. Furthermore, training may be required to acquire optimal performance from devices. Several auditory training programs that are readily accessible for adults with hearing loss, hearing AIDS, or cochlear implants are described. Programs that can be accessed via Web-based formats and smartphone technology are reviewed. A summary table is provided for easy access to programs with descriptions of features that allow hearing health care providers to assist clients in selecting the most appropriate auditory training program to fit their needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-295
Number of pages12
JournalSeminars in Hearing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

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© 2015 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.


  • Auditory training
  • adult
  • cochlear implant
  • computer training
  • hearing AIDS
  • hearing loss
  • mobile training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing


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