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What Is Auditory Memory?

Auditory memory can be defined as one's ability to process and transform information presented orally. The information is analyzed, stored and can be efficiently used later if necessary. People with strong capacity of such memory are known as auditory learners. Being able to learn from oral instructions and explanations is an essential skill necessary in a variety of situations and throughout life.

Why Is Auditory Memory So Important?

Auditory memory is one of several skills that can be learned. If a child's auditory skills are weak he/she has difficulties understanding what certain words mean and development of language can be significantly postponed. This can be easily explained. Namely, phonics may only occur if there is appropriate auditory short-term memory which allows children to remember word sounds. These sounds are further used for forming words. Such children can additionally have difficulty learning to read and write.

Being one of the learning memories auditory memory is considered quite important for learning certain things. Apart from previously mentioned auditory memory is of great importance to students. The student uses auditory memory to learn what he/she has been told at lectures and can eventually recall what he/she has heard. Both children and adults who have problems when it comes to remembering what they were told are actually suffering from auditory processing disorder.

Activities that Stimulate Auditory Memory

Auditory memory skills can be increased. It is essential for a person to focus and maintain concentration. The setting should be optimal and free from any background noise that can cause loss of concentration. Furthermore, visual stimulation is supposed to be reduced to minimum. This way the entire attention will be focused on auditory stimuli.

Initially, one may benefit from listening to some radio programs. Top ten countdown of songs is an excellent way to check what you have memorized. By listening such programs one can set a task to list all the songs and the artists in particular order. The results can be checked with the assistance of the playlist posted by the radio station. Furthermore, auditory memory can be trained with audio books as well as numerous software programs and CDs designed to help people with the particular problem. Each person should opt for the aid that helps him/her most.

In children auditory memory can be stimulated by telling stories. Initially the story should be short and the child should not be familiar with it. Once the story is finished or half way through the story the child is asked to repeat what he/she has heard and retell the story. Another effective way to stimulate auditory memory is by using rhymes. Rhymes are much easier to remember comparing to stories. Once the child memorizes short rhymes he/she should be stimulated to learn songs. Even though the entire process takes time it is worth trying and can help affected children.

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