Listening Programmes

Age related or industrial hearing loss can cause difficulties with our balance, posture, muscle tone, communication and energy levels. When we feel stressed or anxious the brain is often not receiving accurate information. Signs of audio-processing difficulty include needing the T.V. on full volume, miss-hearing what our loved ones say or getting agitated by repeated noises. At Active Listening, we have listening programmes that can help with the following:

Hearing Loss

Age related or industrial hearing loss (frequent exposure to loud noise) is often in the higher frequencies which provide the body with energy. Some research also suggests that people with hearing loss are at a greater risk of developing Dementia. Lack of vestibular stimulation can also decrease ease of movement, posture control and organization of sensory information.


Stress can be beneficial in small amounts but repetitive and long term stress often damages the hearing system. The organs for hearing and smelling are the closest senses connected to the mood regulation centre of the brain - the Amygdala. Stress on the Amygdala could prevent proper processing of sounds both cognitively and emotionally which place a person in sensory deprivation. The limbic system and the auditory system have evolved together since ancient times.

Stress is also very draining on a person and often we don’t understand why we are so tired. If we feel “constantly alert” or “on edge”, our hearing system is like an over worked battery with no charge coming in to replace the used energy.

Learning Difficulties

Learning difficulties in adults is very common. Often the problem
was not identified at school and the individual was never given the right support. Dyslexia and ADHD have several common elements including audio-processing difficulty and anxiety. If you answer "yes" to any of these statements our listening programmes will help.

  • At school I struggled with reading, writing, spelling and still do
  • I always felt I had to work harder than my friends
  • I have difficulty completing tasks
  • I have difficulty following instructions
  • I have difficulty understanding what I read
  • I feel misunderstood


We hear with our ears but we process sound (listen) with our brain. Not everyone processes sound in the same way but it is possible to improve how we recognise, process and respond to sounds thereby improving quality of life. If we “hear too much” it can be very difficult to choose what information to pay attention to and what to ignore. We can also hear different frequencies at different volumes and in different ways through air and bone conduction causing confusion, frustration, anxiety and poor self-esteem. Symptoms of audio-processing difficulties include:

  • Missing conversations
  • Inability to follow oral instructions
  • Often asking for information to be repeated
  • Becoming frustrated or angry in noisy environments
  • Dislike of some repetitive noises such as people chewing, scraping dishes. This can also be known as Misophonia
  • Avoiding activities or groups of people
  • Speaking loudly or in a monotonous tone
  • Needing the television on high volume
  • Poor academic skills and more

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