Chronicles of a deaf audiologist

The Case for LACE

LACE (Listening and Communication Enhancement)


The LACE auditory program was developed by two audiologists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Robert Sweetow and Jennifer Henderson Sabes developed LACE specifically for older adults with hearing loss.

LACE training is conducted for 30 minutes, five days a week, for one month. You can do the training on your home computer.

LACE training can help you to hear better in background noise. A UCSF study by Dr. Sweetow and Jennifer Henderson Sabes found that the average person improved listening skills in noise by 40% through LACE training.

The study also found improved performance on processing speed and memory. What do processing speed and memory have to do with hearing in noise? See LACE Auditory training: a key to hearing better in noise for an illustrated (and fascinating!) explanation.

There are other auditory training and brain training programs available. In my practice, I focus on the LACE program was because it was specifically designed for adults with hearing loss. This is in contrast to other brain training programs that are not designed for people with hearing loss. Or still other programs that are not specifically designed to address the changes in our brains that happen as a result of the aging process.

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    Sandra Vandenhoff

    Dr. Sandra Vandenhoff is an audiologist with hearing loss, founder of HEARa, Hearing Strategies coach, speaker, and Canadian author, who gave her GPS away long before realizing that it was a good brain-boosting move.

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