Leuven Interactive Scheme for hearingTraining Evaluation and Audiological Rehabilitation

  • End date
    Dec 31, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
Updated on 23 January 2021


It is believed that persons with hearing impairment benefit from auditory rehabilitation (AR), i.e. regular assessment and training of their listening skills. However, the efficacy of auditory rehabilitation has not been investigated before. In Leuven (Belgium) an e-health app has been developed that enables performance assessment, listening skills training, and counselling for persons with hearing impairment. Currently, a RCT is prepared to evaluated the different modules in persons with hearing impairment. The experimental group will received auditory rehabilitation training modules, a control group will receive training tasks that are NOT believed to transfer to improved listening skills.

  1. Do participants improve on the trained tasks in the LUISTER AR scheme and does this improvement transfer to an improvement in speech perception in noise (primary outcome), executive functioning and/or quality of life (secondary outcomes)?
  2. Does training with the LUISTER AR scheme provide more benefit on primary and secondary outcomes than a placebo program (active control group)?
  3. Can improvement in speech in noise perception, obtained with the LUISTER AR scheme, be consolidated until 6 months after training has stopped?
  4. Are certain user-specific or training-specific aspects correlated to improvement on task-specific learning as well as near- and far transfer


Goals of the study:

To determine an optimal, personalized AR scheme (considering age, degree of HI) and possible interacting factors (e.g., training time, type of errors)

To investigate transfer of auditory and auditory-cognitive training to listening skills in everyday life

To develop evidence-based guidelines for clinical AR

The study will start with baseline assessment (speech in noise understanding, LIST sentences and cognitive tests (executive functioning, important for listening skills). This will be followed by 8 weeks of training, an intermediate assessment moment, again 8 weeks of training, and final evaluation moment. After 6 month follow-up evaluation to investigate retention.

Condition Hearing Disability
Treatment Audiological rehabilitation, Placebo Rehabilitation
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04063748
SponsorUniversitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
Last Modified on23 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

hearing impaired
sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language

Exclusion Criteria

cognitively impaired
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