Why is clEAR different from other online auditory brain training programs?
- clEAR is the only auditory brain training program that allows clients to train with the speech of someone who is important to them, a “frequent communication partner” (FCP). clEAR’s unique recording system allows FCPs to record the training words using a computer’s built-in microphone or using the recording system that is available in your audiological clinic. As soon as the recordings are made, a client can begin to play the clEAR games with the FCP’s voice.
- For clients who choose not to use FCP recordings, clEAR allows clients to receive customized auditory brain training with different voices and training activities. Three kinds of “generic” voices (male, female, child) are stored on the website. A client who experiences difficulty in recognizing female voices might train primarily with female voices. Each game exercises particular listening skills. A training schedule can be designed with a specific combination of games that will meet the user’s needs.
- The games are fun to play, and are based on game design principles of meaningful play, provision of positive and negative feedback, ease of learning, reward systems, and what is known as “flow,” meaning a merging of awareness and action.
- clEAR incorporates the scientific principle of transfer-appropriate processing (TAP). According to TAP, the more similar tasks are during auditory brain training and application in the real world, the better the learning. Therefore, clEAR is designed to be customized to match a client’s goals. If the goal is to improve a client’s ability to recognize the speech of an FCP, then the client should receive training with the speech of the FCP.
- The clEAR training activities are meaning-based whereas many auditory brain training programs include activities that are purely form-oriented (e.g., a voice speaks two nonsense syllables such as pa-ba, and the client must decide whether the two syllables are the same or different). Evidence for the superiority of meaning-based training has a long history within the field of second-language acquisition.
- The most common complaints of persons with hearing loss pertains to listening in the presence of background noise, so training teaches them to attend to a target voice in noise. clEAR teaches clients to attend to a target voice in difficult listening situations.
- clEAR works for almost everyone, regardless of their level of hearing loss. Clients can experience success throughout their training because the background noise adaptively changes with their performance.
How do I become a clEAR Hearing Healthcare Provider?
- The ideal way for a person with hearing loss to receive clEAR training is through an clEAR Hearing Healthcare Provider. You can sign up as a clEAR Hearing Healthcare Provider by selecting the Sign up/Login button on the clEAR home screen. Once you have created an account, you will be taken to your personalized clinic home page where you will be asked to create a profile. You may then begin to enroll clients into clEAR training.
How will being a clEAR Hearing Healthcare Provider bring new clients to my practice?
- For many direct users, clEAR functions as a gateway to comprehensive hearing healthcare and serves as an introduction to you, as their local clEAR Hearing Healthcare Provider and their hearing healthcare provider.
Who should receive clEAR training?
- First-time hearing aid users and cochlear implant users are prime candidate for clEAR training.
- Any person complaining of communication difficulties, particularly when listening in noise, is eligible for clEAR.
- Clients who are anticipating a specific communication partner (for example, a visit from a granddaughter) or who have difficulty understanding a particular FCP are good candidates.
- For clients with hearing problems who aren’t ready for hearing aids, clEAR can be the first step in their hearinghealth care journey.
How should clEAR be implemented in my practice?
- Users can train at home via the clEAR website, with regular email contact semi-automated from their clEAR Hearing Healthcare Provider.
- A computer station can be established in the clinical practice for users to receive one-on-one training. Research shows that users enjoy personalized contact with a clinical professional.
- Users may receive treatment as part of a group aural rehabilitation program.
What are the advantages for my practice if I become a clEAR Hearing Healthcare Provider?
- A means to provide better and more comprehensive hearing healthcare to your clients.
- A way to provide customized auditory brain training that is relevant to your clients’ everyday lives because they learn to recognize the speech of people who are important to them.
- An active client referral system, wherein direct users are referred to your practice.
- A means to be more competitive with stores that do not provide comprehensive and customized hearing healthcare (e.g., Walmart, Costco).
- A means to stay in contact with your clients on a regular basis through the clEAR feedback systems.
- A way to create a sense of community amongst your clients.
- A way to provide a family-oriented aural rehabilitation plan since the FCP is very often a family member.
- A new source of revenue for your practice.