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Listening Takes Practice: Removing Barriers to Auditory Skills Training via Digital and Online Tools

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1.  The World Health Organization recently recognized the importance of auditory skills training (AST) in their 2021 World Report on Hearing. According to WHO, AST is a tool that ‘helps people better use their enhanced hearing in every listening situation’. Why is AST considered an important offering in hearing healthcare?
  1. Perceptual training that focuses on improving the ability to perceive and understand the difference between sounds has the potential to help people better understand conversations.
  2. Repetitive listening practice supports the brain’s ability to interpret new auditory information, therefore AST can be used at different stages of the continuum of care (e.g., hearing aids to cochlear implants) to help move towards acceptance of hearing technology.
  3. Hearing loss challenges often persist after fitting a hearing aid or cochlear implant. Listening practice can help reduce the impact of hearing loss and improve communication abilities.
  4. All of the above
2.  Although AST programs and results vary, studies have shown that various auditory training approaches provide benefit to individuals with hearing loss, particularly when training is offered immediately after receiving technology. By offering it, you could:
  1. Strengthen clinical outcomes, facilitate adjustment to hearing technology and improve quality of life (e.g., increase communication confidence).
  2. Reduce difficulties related to subjective tinnitus (e.g., sleeping, concentrating)
  3. Address reaching personal communication goals and help promote the value of dedicating time outside of the clinic for structured listening practice.
  4. A and C
3.  It is estimated that less than 10% of audiologists offer auditory skills training as part of their offering. What are some of the obstacles to traditional face-to-face training?
  1. Reimbursement
  2. Affordability
  3. Distance to services
  4. Access to qualified professionals
  5. All of the above
4.  Which of the following is NOT one of the numerous benefits to accessing auditory skills training via apps and online programs?
  1. Gives individuals the freedom to work at their own pace and customize their practice to their listening goals.
  2. Is self-directed which may improve motivation and increase ownership in learning.
  3. Can be used to change environmental settings and make fine-tuning adjustments to hearing devices.
  4. Provides opportunities to practice communication skills independently without requiring a communication partner.
  5. Supports them in taking an active role in their own hearing healthcare.
5.  Evidence-based AST tools can be accessed by registering at The portal includes:
  1. Online and app-based AST resources for both children and adults at no cost to you or your patients
  2. Online and app-based AST resources for adults only.
  3. AST resources that can be accessed for a small monthly fee.
  4. A place to order supplies

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