Parents & guardians

About sound storm

Sound Storm character art of Suno the lion.
Male audiologist reviewing a patients' Sound Storm progress report on his laptop.

What is the research behind Sound Storm?

Research demonstrating the effectiveness of Sound Storm (previously known as the LiSN & Learn training program) has been published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. A list of these publications can be found in The Evidence page on this website.

How many players can be registered to play Sound Storm?

Each Sound Storm application purchased can be used with up to three players who are registered on the Player Setup Screen. For example, if two siblings require the training, both can use the software. You can also set yourself up as a player so that you can try the game without affecting your child’s performance.

Each player must log in and do their training using their unique player name. It is very important that no unregistered players use the software or access a specific player’s profile to play the games because their performance will impact the registered player’s progress and reward system.

How many games should be played each day?

Your child should play two games per day, five days per week, until he or she has completed 100–120 games.

Sound stones are rewards earned during each game. There are 4 stones to be collected in a game, that is 8 sound stones per day.Completing the two games each day takes around 20–30 minutes.

After two games are completed, a message will appear: “Congratulations, you’ve completed two games. That’s all for today, see you tomorrow!”

Child playing Sound Storm on a tablet device in their lap.

Frequently asked questions

What age group is Sound Storm suitable for?
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Sound storm was developed for children aged 6 to 12 years.

Does the Sound Storm App need special headphones?
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Any headphones are fine provided the same ones are used throughout the training.

Can Sound Storm be used with a hearing aid?
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If your child is suffering from a temporary hearing loss then it is ideal you wait until recovered before using Sound Storm.

If the hearing loss in permanent it is best to do the training as close to how the child usually hears:

  • If normally unaided, then just put the headphones on.
  • If normally aided, you can use headphones. It is recommended to pick and test headphones that suit and fit you hearing aid style. Your hearing care specialist can provide guidance.

If using headphones, it is important to make sure the volume goes down as it will be amplified. If only deaf in one ear, you can adjust the settings in your device to simulate a balanced audio environment. We recommend using noise cancelling headphones and do not recommend bone conducting headphones for using Sound Storm.

Streaming to the hearing aids must be done as a stereo signal.  That is, the left audio signal from the device is streamed to the left hearing aid and the right audio signal from the device is streamed to the right hearing aid.  If that is done the spatial cues present in Sound Storm will be preserved.

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