Hearing 4 .
26 Jul 2009
Existence proof that auditory and visual systems can be trained even in advanced age .
1. There is a large industry (about $225 million pa ) doing exactly this in rehab and sports . See http://www.positscience.com
Or Appendix A
2. See New Scientist 18 April 2009 p13 "Mind gym helps life with schizophrenia" where it describes promising results
using some of PositScience's auditory training programs to induce a bottoms-up amelioration . (ie if the mental hearing processes are not properly trained , the resulting fuzz gets filled in by the brain's pattern-filling mechanism . This is a well-known mechanism used in creative mutation processes , quantum signal processing and stochastic resonance . Too much of it , though , and it is anchors aweigh .)
Visual : Itarin
Itarin does the same and more than the PositScience "InSight" program as far as training is concerned . Itarin is not very user friendly , though , as it was written as a development tool .
I wrote Itarin towards the end of 1998 . There is a documentation version of the theory on www.Lulu.com
Whether this leaves me any rights, I leave to the lawayers .
I considered visual systems more fundamental , and did not pay much attention to auditory systems until my own hearing diminished . PositScience , however , concentrated on that angle . It is interesting to note how the two systems converge .
The same programs are used, because the same type of neural systems are involved in the brain .
See http://andreswhy.blogspot.com "Hearing" , "Hearing 2" , "Hearing 3"
There are easier and faster ways of training auditory systems if used in conjunction with visual systems .