Auditory training is designed to help people make better use of their residual hearing, independently of their hearing ability. Below, we explain who this hearing therapy is aimed at and describe the type of exercises it involves.

Auditory training

Auditory training is a rehabilitation process designed to stimulate and improve auditory function and the ability to process and understand sounds.

 Before commencing an auditory training programme, it is important to carry out a comprehensive hearing exam with a detailed audiometric hearing test to assess the individual’s hearing acuity. Then, depending on their hearing ability, the individual learns techniques for capturing and interpreting sounds clearly and correctly.

Who needs auditory training

Auditory training can help people who suffer deafness or hearing loss to recover the ability to process and understand spoken language correctly and recognise sounds more fluidly.

In many cases, when someone with age-related hearing loss or other hearing issues decides to use a hearing aid, an auditory rehabilitation programme is needed to help them to readapt to certain sound frequencies.

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This type of auditory training consists of a series of sessions based on exercises that help to retrain the ear to process and recognise different sounds and frequencies. For example, one of the standard exercises involves listening to a sound or white noise alternated with speech (an advertisement on the television, a radio host, etc.).

This type of hearing therapy can also prove extremely useful for children with an APD (auditory processing disorder) or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It can also be beneficial in treating other sensory processing disorders such as sensory hypersensitivity or hypersensitivity to noise.

Last, but by no means least, auditory training is also ideal for people whose professions require exceptional auditory and sensory acuity, such as musicians.

The musical ear: professional auditory training

On some occasions, the motive for seeking auditory training has nothing to do with rehabilitation: professionals in the music industry, such as producers, sound technicians and engineers or musicians, train their hearing to increase their performance and improve their musical ear.

In these cases, auditory training is an essential tool for optimising and enhancing the perception, analysis and technical execution of a musical instrument or production.

Apps for musical ear training

There are currently several applications and software programmes for musical ear training on the market. Below is a list of 9 apps for musical ear training:

  1. Ear beater
  2. SoundGym
  3. Earmaster
  4. Note ear training
  5. Pitch improver
  6. Blind listening test
  7. iZotope
  8. Better ears
  9. Ear Teach

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