The Auditory Working Memory (Target Word) exercise is a cognitive training task developed for this study that incorporates auditory memory. It constitutes approximately 15% of the training. In this task, the trainee is visually presented with a target word. The trainee is next prompted to listen to a sentence in quiet. The target word is one of the words in the sentence. Following the auditory presentation of the sentence, the trainee is asked to respond via a multiple-choice option by selecting the word that occurs just prior to the target word in the sentence. The sentence is then visually presented with the correct word underlined on the visual display.
When the trainee answers three consecutive presentations correctly, the algorithm increases the difficulty of the task. The difficulty of the task varies not only based on the length of the sentence but also by the order in which the task is presented. For example, the second difficulty level does not reveal the target word until after the sentence is presented, thus requiring the trainee to retain the entire sentence in short-term memory until completing the task.
If the trainee successfully responds to two consecutive stimuli, the program becomes more difficult by presenting two target words and two sentences. The program allows for six levels of difficulty. If the trainee incorrectly answers two consecutive presentations, the task difficulty is decreased in the opposite manner. Each successive training session begins at one level of difficulty easier than the average performance of the previous session.
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LACE encouraged me to try harder and as a result I learned where my weaknesses are and how to help strengthen those weaknesses. The program is easy to use and does not take a lot of time each day so you don’t mind following through with the training. I think I am a better listener now.
I found the program very useful and noticed a marked improvement in my listening over time. I also experienced a leap in confidence in all my social listening. I also noticed that I often did not understand the first time something was played but that it became easier with repetition. I liked being able to playback what I heard and found this very helpful as things began to become clearer the more I listened.
I completed the training and I am very happy with the results. I feel so inspired, and grateful to understand the process of learning to hear with the brain. Thank you, The LACE Company, for giving me back my Youth and Joy of enjoying my many lectures, family, friends and group meetings.
Thanks for the opportunity to get practice and feedback in improving my ability to hear! I have been in a number of situations since I began my training that I am sure I would not have been able to understand what was going on before I had the training!
Thanks so much for this great program! I feel that many of the tasks have assisted me in learning to actively listen to those speakers around me no matter what the listening environment presents. LACE is an extremely effective way to increase one’s listening skills over time!
I have had a hearing loss since birth, but it was only detected at the age of 45. The LACE program has taught me the importance of paying attention and helping to block out background noises. I would highly recommend it!
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