Hearing happens in the brain
One of the first signs of hearing loss is a difficulty to understand what is being said. We can still hear the conversations around us but it becomes harder to apply meaning to what we hear. This is even more of a challenge in busy places when there is often lots of background noise competing for our attention.
This means how well we can focus on specific information at any one time.
This is a skill that allows us to work with information without losing track of what we’re doing.
Both selective attention and working memory are linked to speech perception. By practising these skills with auditory exercises we can start to train our brains to better understand conversations in challenging listening environments.
The more you train your hearing, the more you can benefit
Results from Preliminary Evaluation Study:
of participants agreed that eargym’s training improved their hearing skills.
Participants significantly improved their ability to understand speech when other people are talking in the background
of participants improved their ability to hear in noisy places in just 7 weeks.*
*Measured with participants who listed this as an area they wanted to improve in.
Immersive games designed to improve hearing
Just like exercise for our bodies, our training games adapt to your performance for maximum impact. Each session is personalised to you, making sure you continue to challenge both your hearing and cognitive skills.
Our suite of immersive training games are designed to improve different auditory processing skills like speech comprehension and the ability to locate sounds. We simulate realistic listening scenarios to make sure eargym’s training has real-world application.
UKRI Designed for Ageing
FUNDED BY UK RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
UKRI Designed for Ageing
Funded by UK Research and Innovation
eargym is leading a 2-year research project as part of the UKRI’s Healthy Ageing Challenge.
We work closely with a panel of 12 individuals who have varying experiences of hearing loss to understand more about what motivates and engages them in hearing health and well-being. The panel contributes to all stages of our product design and development, and their feedback ensures we continue to improve the user experience, enjoyability, and impact of eargym’s training.
Preliminary Evaluation Study
Funded by UK Research and Innovation & Alzheimer's Society
eargym’s preliminary evaluation studies assess the effectiveness of our testing and training on an individual’s hearing, cognitive health, and quality of life.
Our latest research study (completed April 2023) involved two in-person hearing and cognition assessments at the start and end of the programme, and 7 weeks of remote hearing training completed on a smartphone with a pair of headphones. Preliminary results show that participants significantly improved their ability to understand speech when other people are talking in the background.
We’re working with a board of world-class advisors and partners in academia, charity and industry to discover just how beneficial hearing training can be at improving our hearing health and quality of life.
Thank you to UKRI Designed for Ageing and the Alzheimer's Society for helping fund our critical research.
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What our research participants have to say
“I find Busy Barista a very useful game as it means I have to really focus on my hearing. I have to concentrate and listen harder to get my hearing into better shape and strengthen my hearing skills."
Design Panel Member