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How the ear can train

problems with Hearing? This affects only Old. I thought it would be. And was proud of my good ear. Even after a Hörtrauma with 26 in the military. My right ear

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How the ear can train

problems with Hearing? This affects only Old. I thought it would be. And was proud of my good ear. Even after a Hörtrauma with 26 in the military. My right ear had lost about a third of his hearing. In the case of concerts, talks and music the listening experience, however, remained as before. Apparently, the ears, the in-between of the brain, or the ways of compensating for the loss.

But two years ago, with a good 60, it happened that I halls, in the lecture, the speaker could not understand properly. At the meetings, I got calls only with difficulty. Finally on the bottom of the facts a Hörberatung: My ears brought me then, it was said, were in the process of their service dramatically. Even on both sides. I didn't want to be on the job and in society left behind, there was only one: hearing AIDS.

it is also without a hearing aid?

The expensive investment was worth it. Conversations I had now and again effortlessly, the crickets I heard again from the right and the left, birds. Just something bothered me: the sound of high pitches seemed to me to dull or tinny. I missed the Clinking of glasses when you Toast, the bright tones, when I pulled together after the dishes, the Cutlery or the rustling of the leaves of the newspaper. And I mourned suddenly the times without hearing AIDS, because the small things want to be cared for and need constant battery change.

Since the ad was just right to me: "The ear is trainable", the promise of the Koj-Institute. This company is regarded as a pioneer in the field of interactive auditory training and is now in several Swiss cities. The ear train – sounds good. Also with the thought in mind, perhaps even even on a hearing aid do without, I made an appointment in the Koj-Institute in Zurich.

With only a slight hearing loss of the auditory training can lead to success. In the case of the hearing-Impaired like me, the Training would have been sufficient alone, but hardly out (re-heard). Koj-audiologist Tobias Wolff opened to me, also, that the interactive computer training was tailored to the setting of the hearing aid to a setting that refers to the highest notes. This is because we perceive in this area of the consonants, i.e. the sibilants and Reiblaute, such as s, k, f or p, and the consonants are important information carriers of the language.

"Better Hearing improves the brain activity and Thinking." Gregor Hasler, a psychiatrist at the University of Freiburg.

The first Surprise of the new setting immediately: The voices are clear, sound less fat. The second, more negative Surprise: The traffic noise pelts down suddenly as the overwhelming background noise to me. It is not the volume, but the enormous variety – a jumble of impressions, the I'm getting used to with time. These noise-Hypersensitivity had been announced to me. It is probably the reason why the manufacturers recommend, to dampen the upper frequencies. So you want to make sure that the hearing-impaired uses his device and it's not because of unbearable back soon lay down.

the Latest studies, the setting of the hearing aid support according to the Koj as well as their interactive Training. So Samira Anderson and her Team from the University of Maryland (USA) found out in the last decade is Amazing to age-related hearing loss: older people need longer to understand something, is because they match the language in several regions of the brain, first, to compensate for their declining recording ability. In addition, the US researchers were able to establish: The middle brain, which is nestled between the Thalamus and the brain stem, receives from the ear, only the Sound signal; it is also the task of the filter out meaningful sounds – so, for example, the language from all of the noise, or the noise.

training home

this is where the interactive Training of Koj: During four weeks, I smuggled home a half an hour per day on learning computer that is equipped with stereo speakers, through a program. This is becoming increasingly difficult. Audio samples – Numbers, syllables, words, or parts of an audiobook to be more and more with soundscapes accompanied.

From a selection of proposals, I select an on-screen response (Multiple-Choice). I type incorrectly or choose "unsolvable", I get to play the example again and get a second Chance. Challenging those Exercises where at the same time the left and right of a word from the speaker is heard, to understand it and the right side is assigned to. First of all, a challenging to impossible task. Days later, I type correctly. The learning curve I experience immediately.

Previous studies could already suspect that hearing AIDS, in combination with a hearing training benefits. In particular, it is the interactive Training, the ability to think calls. When the brain receives again, the entire tonal spectrum, it learns, with noise and noise-deal with it and to recognise the important sounds and language.

safer on the Bike

Not only that. Also in the sports I benefit: The narrow paths with stones and roots, so-called single trails, which I have not mastered before, on my mountain bike, I ride almost effortlessly. Apparently, listening impressions are quite crucial for the orientation of the body in space.

This improvement can relate to the psychiatrist Gregor Hasler. At the University of Freiburg, he studied for patients the brain activity by means of imaging techniques. "The improved orientation in space depends primarily on what you can transmit to the ear all the impressions in the different areas of the brain." In this case, the better to Hear through the brain activity and Thinking to a better performance. Conversely, a limited hearing in old age, associated often with depression, paranoid Thinking, and the removal of the ability to think.

Alexandra copper mountain, participated in Haslers research group, now performs for Koj a new study. You want to know to what extent exactly the interactive Training improves hearing in people with hearing AIDS.

For me, however, is already clear: to Me, it has brought something. Amazing, especially how the brain learns, thanks to the to hear auditory training continuously differentiated, and also the physical safety and the appearance will be better.

The author has been listening to the new settings for your hearing AIDS and the Koj-raining in the value of 1549 Swiss francs paid for them.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 05.05.2019, 17:28 PM

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