Rapid Speech Can Be Challenging to Comprehend
For many people with hearing loss or an auditory processing disorder, understanding fast talkers can be even more challenging than understanding someone who speaks softly. As we age, difficulty understanding rapid speech is one of the most common hearing complaints.
We can’t always ask the speaker to slow down. In group settings or when listening to a presentation, it’s possible to miss important details because we can’t keep up with a speaker’s pace of speech.
While hearing aids can help, health care professionals note that they can’t always improve speech perception for listeners. Health care professionals often recommend a listening training program to help bridge the gap.
That’s why roughly 25% of LACE’s training exercises focus on rapid speech perception, which you can benefit from whether or not you wear a hearing aid.
LACE’s Rapid Speech Perception Training
The rapid speech tasks consist of sentences spoken by a single speaker. You will hear a sentence and be asked to repeat as much of the sentence as you understood, either aloud or silently.
Then, you’ll be presented with the sentence in writing. You’ll be asked to indicate whether you understood every word of the sentence with a “No” or “Yes” response (as shown in the example screenshot).
As you improve, the compression ratio (CR) — or speed — of the sentences in the exercises increases. Since LACE adapts to your responses, you’ll remain challenged through all 11 rapid speech perception training sessions
Hear an Example of Rapid Speech Audio
Less difficult Rapid Speech example
More difficult Rapid Speech 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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We’ll help you with every step of the process as you work toward reclaiming your listening.