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Treatment of APD

computerHow does the Auditory Training ProgramTM differ from widely available Computer, tablet and ipod interventions?

The Auditory Training ProgramTM uses customised techniques that individually target the auditory processing skills of: pitch discrimination, dichotic listening (left versus right ear performance when stimuli are given simultaneously to both ears), perception of sound intensity (volume) changes, auditory figure ground differentiation (perceiving speech with background noise), poor temporal processing (speed), auditory closure (use of auditory cues to establish the bits of the missed auditory signal), auditory attention, short term auditory memory and auditory hypersensitivities..

The Auditory Training ProgramTM incorporates the following features:

  • The assessment of auditory processing skills uses a compressive range of standardised tools with age appropriate norms to identify specify auditory processing deficits. The assessment tools do not rely on approaches such as check lists and listening tests to identify auditory processing deficits.
  • The assessment forms the basis of a customised program of auditory training. Each client has tailored auditory training exercises that specifically target individual skill deficits.
  • Swiss technology is used that proves dynamic real time sound treatments, including filtration and Baxandall tone filters to actively adjust auditory training levels. There is no use of pre-recorded sound treatments on audio tracks.
  • High definition audio: 24bit 48kHz sound delivered using studio quality players incorporating world acclaimed digital to analogue converters. There is no compressed audio as often used when steaming audio and in may forms of tablets and ipods.
  • Audio training includes exposure to full spectrum sound covering the range 50 to 20,000 Hz. The sound is not restricted to discrete tones or filtered into low pass frequencies.
  • Regular in program and post program assessments are undertaken to monitor progress and tune program content
  • Program uses a broad range of speech and language exercises and audio-vocal biofeedback exercises
  • The program has a range of dichotic exercises that can tune left – right ear delays to 1ms increments, rather than using pre-recorded tracks with step increments of 200+ms.

Why is it important to use high definition audio and studio quality equipment for auditory training?

The use of high definition audio delivered in real time, with precise filters and exact timing delays, using studio quality equipment allows for the closest possible replication of real world auditory challenges for the brain to develop auditory skills and learn to encode auditory information. Training the brain that has auditory processing deficits requires a no compromise approach, because any compromise in the sound quality and range of auditory training techniques, compromises the level of improvement the auditory system can achieve.