Q: My audiologist has given me daily listening practice to do at home with a practice partner, but I live alone and have no-one to practice with consistently. Are there other ways I can improve my hearing skills?

A: This is a common challenge for many people with implants and even people with hearing aids. One gentleman who lived in a remote community literally had no-one within 100kms of his home. He trained himself to listen with his cochlear implant by watching a ten minute clip from a DVD with subtitles over and over. The clip he chose had dialogue with little or no sound effects or background music. Then when he felt he knew the text fairly well, he would watch it again without the sub-titles. He would often watch the same clip 20-30 times.