People with hearing loss often find it challenging listening to speech sounds, especially in noisy environments. Thanks to advances in research, you can now filter background noise and focus more on speech sounds using a very simple game that helps train your brain.
A recent study at Massachusetts Eye and Ear research center at the Harvard Medical School explored the uses of this game. This study was double blind, meaning that both the researchers as well as the participants were unaware of which participant was provided with which type of game, thereby reducing the chances of potential bias and manipulation.
The participants consisted of 24 hearing impaired elderly adults that used hearing aids. They were divided into two separate groups and each of the groups spent around 3.5 hours each week playing the brain training game for two months. One of the groups was given a game that was specifically designed to help enhance the player’s capacity to understand conversations in the presence of background noise. The second group was a placebo group, which means that they were simply asked to play a game that had none of the special capacities mentioned above and only explored the player’s memory of aural sounds.
Results of the above study indicated that those who played the brain training game actually showed a significant improvement in being able to successfully recognize words despite having increased background noises. These players improved by around 25%, with some players showing more improvement when they played the given game with increased attention and accuracy.
The above research shows the remarkable ability of the brain to process sound more efficiently despite having hearing loss and despite the level of background noise present. All you have to do is simply train your brain appropriately in order to enhance its capability to process sound effectively despite hearing loss. This implies that hearing loss may not simply be a problem of the ears, it might actually be a problem of the brain’s inability to process available sounds effectively. This ability can thankfully be rectified using games like the ones in the research study mentioned above.
Games have always been fun, be it for kids or older adults. If you can actually develop games that can enhance your hearing, that would mean a fun and novel way of improving your hearing. These games can actually help equip hearing impaired individuals with necessary auditory skills to help process the available sounds more effectively. The results work better for those wearing hearing aids, thus this game is definitely not a replacement for hearing aids.