Why do I need auditory brain training?
- People with hearing loss often want to find new ways to improve their ability to understand the speech of others. clEAR can complement your existing hearing aid technology by helping you practice recognizing speech with educational yet fun and engaging listening training games.
- clEAR also works for those who are looking to begin a hearing healthcare journey but who are not yet ready to buy hearing aids.
- People with cochlear implants need auditory brain training to recognize speech with their devices. clEAR is especially designed to help them recognize the speech of their family and friends.
Why is clEAR different from other auditory brain training programs?
- clEAR is scientifically based on research performed by scientists working at Washington University in St. Louis.
- clEAR is the only auditory brain training program that allows you to train with the speech of someone who is important to you, a “frequent communication partner” (FCP), such as a spouse, grandchild, teacher, etc.
- clEAR also allows you to receive auditory brain training with three kinds of “generic” voices (male, female, child) that are stored on the website.
- The clEAR games are fun to play. Unlike most other auditory brain training programs, you might choose to play these games even if they weren’t good for you!
How do I sign up for clEAR?
- Simply click the Sign Up/Login button at the top of the screen and enter your information in the spaces provided. Upon creating your subscription, you will have the option of finding a clEAR Hearing Healthcare Provider convenient to you. We strongly encourage that you opt for a local professional, as our research shows this is the best way to optimize the benefits that you will receive from auditory brain training.
- If there is no hearing healthcare professional nearby, our clEAR in-house audiologist will serve as your clEAR Hearing Healthcare Provider and will be here to assist you online.
- If you prefer not to sign up online, you may visit your local hearing healthcare professional, who will assist you with your enrollment.
What is a clEAR Hearing Healthcare Provider ?
- A clEAR Hearing Healthcare Provider is a hearing healthcare professional, usually an audiologist, who has professional training in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss. Your clEAR Hearing Healthcare Provider understands the challenges that people with hearing loss face when attempting to engage in conversations, especially during conversations that occur in noise.
- The goal of working with a clEAR Hearing Healthcare Provider is to create a comfortable, convenient, and successful training environment.
How does my FCP record training stimuli for the clEAR auditory brain training games?
- This is a simple process that can be completed after you subscribe to clEAR.
What is the best way to receive clEAR?
- It is highly recommended that you work directly with your local hearing healthcare professional.
- For the best results, play the games for 20-30 minutes, two to four times a week.
Why does the picture not seem to match the word I heard?
- clEAR’s philosophy is based on clinical research that emphasizes meaning-based aural rehabilitation. This principal comes from second language learning research and is centered on the belief that for rehabilitation to be most effective the training material must be processed at a meaningful level. This is in contrast to the simpler phonetic identification level that requires very little cognitive effort and is why we almost always avoid using words/text on the screen as an option for responding (occasionally we must use words for clarity, but there is always a picture too). Therefore, as some of the pictures may seem a little abstract, they are carefully chosen.