Conceived by leading audiologists at the University of California at San Francisco and implemented by silicon valley software engineers, LACE (Listening And Communication Enhancement) is a web browser-based auditory training program that retrains the brain to comprehend speech up to 40% better in difficult listening situations.
LACE delivers 4 types of exercises to help improve listening skills:
- Speech-in-Noise – helps you learn how to pick out a voice in a noisy environment
- Rapid Speech – helps you develop skills to process fast talkers
- Competing Speaker – helps you learn how to focus on one voice at a time
- Word Memory – helps you remember the words the person talking has said
Just as physical therapy can help rebuild muscles and adjust movements to compensate for physical weakness or injury, LACE can help you develop skills and learn strategies for dealing with situations when hearing is inadequate.
While hearing aids and devices can help to detect sounds, they don’t affect other important factors in the brain’s ability to understand — listening, communication, and comprehension. Enhanced listening skills lead to better comprehension and communication and vice versa.