“What Did You Say?” Help for Hearing Problems
Let’s Talk about LACE
Since your Concussion, do you often find yourself asking, “Can you repeat that?” Hearing problems are a common symptom of Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS). One program that has really helped my clients with hearing loss is Listening and Communication Enhancement (LACE).
This interactive computerized program was developed by leading audiologists at the University of California at San Francisco. As an aural rehabilitation program, LACE can help individuals with some degree of hearing loss by increasing their listening skills up to 45 percent.
Compare LACE with something familiar. For example, just as physical therapy works by helping rebuild muscles and adjusting movements to compensate for physical weakness, LACE helps by developing skills and strategies to deal with situations when hearing is inadequate, like what happens in Post Concussion Syndrome. LACE is designed to enhance the ability to communicate by training the brain to best utilize good listening skills.
No concussion? Let’s say maybe you’re just naturally lacking in the hearing department. While LACE is great for individuals who have a hearing impairment and wear hearing aids, it is also a great program if you just want to improve your listening skills. Even people with normal hearing can be poor listeners!
Because I believe in it, I do feature this program in my Self-Help Products, and in my newest book Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. For more information about the LACE program and Post Concussion Syndrome, feel free to visit LACE, or check it out in my book.