It Can Be Hard to Focus When Multiple Speakers Are Competing
People don’t always speak in turn. And you’re often in the presence of someone else having a separate – but clear – conversation near you. Listening when there are to multiple speakers talking can be difficult, but it can be even harder when you add in the challenges of hearing loss.
If you are dealing with hearing loss or an auditory processing disorder, LACE’s Competing Speaker speech comprehension exercises train your brain to handle multiple speakers better.
Approximately 25% of LACE training focuses on helping your brain ignore a competing speaker’s voice while you focus on the conversation you’re engaged in.
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LACE’s Competing Speaker exercises consist of sentences spoken by your “target voice” while a single, clear competing speaker talks at the same time. You’ll be asked to listen to one of three voices as your target voice: a male, female, or child (as shown in the example screenshot).
The other voice you hear will be the competing speaker. Depending on your feedback, LACE will present this competing voice louder or softer — just enough to give you a challenge.
As you improve your speech comprehension and continue your training, you’ll be able to focus on and understand each target voice, even when a louder competing speaker is talking. LACE adapts to your responses, so you’ll remain challenged through all 11 sessions.
Hear an Example of Competing Speaker Audio (Listen for the Child’s Voice)
Less difficult Competing Speaker example
More difficult Competing Speaker example
These examples are for demonstration purposes only. LACE adapts to your listening threshold so the exercises should never be too easy or too difficult.
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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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