Thankfully, with the advent of the personal computer auditory training can be a home based treatment so that daily work can be done at little to no cost. Treatment programs are offered online and through down loadable programs. The most commonly used program today is the L.A.C.E. program offered through Neurotone. This program has been soundly researched (no pun intended). They report 30-40% improvement in word understanding in background noise. This can make a significant difference for many people. LACE costs around $100.
Another program is the Angel Sound program which is a free download. Angel sound was developed for cochlear implant users but offers a lot to individuals with hearing loss who wear hearing aids. Angel sound is a large program and can seem daunting if you are not guided in how to use it properly. In our clinic we offer to set up a training program for a nominal fee.
Another program we are investigating is the clEAR program. This program lets you incorporate a significant other's voice into the training exercises. This training is approximately $150 for 3 months. We are not ready to recommend this program as of yet, but we will let you know.