Assessment Tools


A person's suitability for a Listening Fitness Program begins with a Listening Fitness evaluation with a LiFT Instructor who will assess the Listening Profile and Context of the candidate. Progress expectations and the length of the program required to reach those goals are also evaluated.


Characteristics of the Listening Fitness Evaluation


A Listening Questionnaire (with versions for children and adults) explores receptive and expressive listening skills, learning ability and related behaviors. The child questionnaire is completed by a parent (or teacher/ guardian), the adult version by the adult.


The series of questions are divided into 12 sections which are scored separately. The scores are then distributed on a 12 spoke Listening Wheel. Connecting the 12 dots creates a net with its own shape, corresponding to a specific Listening Profile.


Five distinct Listening Profiles help identify primary or combinations of issues as follows:


Profile 1: Attuning (auditory, language)
Profile 2: Positioning ('body' vestibular-proprioceptive, motor skills and planning)
Profile 3: Attuning-Positioning (a combination of profiles 1 and 2)
Profile 4: Focusing (ocular-visual-spatial required for reading, spelling and writing)
Profile 5: Protection-Regulation (when the ear and sensory system cannot filter out)

A Context Checklist completed by the instructor gives the background (developmental history, personality traits, family dynamics, health issues, etc.) necessary to understand the greater picture surrounding and further informing the nature of each Profile.

The identified Profile and Context permits the Listening Fitness Instructor to choose the Sound Program most fitting to the individual's needs.