Auditory Training Aids Learning for Hearing Impaired Students

7403731050_9a1ee480deIn an article published by Science Daily, we learn how noisy school classrooms may hinder the learning experience of a hearing impaired student.  With hearing loss making it more difficult to filter through background noises, children are struggling to keep up with the pace of the classroom.

Learn how an auditory training regimen may level the academic playing field for hearing impaired children.

Noisy Classroom Simulation Aids Comprehension in Hearing-Impaired Children

Children with hearing loss struggle to hear in noisy school classrooms, even with the help of hearing aids and other devices to amplify their teacher’s voice. Training the brain to filter out background noise and thus understand spoken words could help the academic performance and quality of life for children who struggle to hear, but there’s been little evidence that such noise training works in youngsters.

A new report showed about a 50 percent increase in speech comprehension in background noise when children with hearing impairments followed a three-week auditory training regimen. The effect was still evident when the children were tested three months after the training ended.

The findings are among the first to demonstrate that auditory training with noise can work in children. Other studies show that similar regimens help hearing-impaired adults.

The training involves repeated exposure to speech masked by noise, and is intended to teach the brain how to receive information and process it more efficiently. This could help hearing-impaired children who struggle to keep up in noisy classrooms.

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