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Welcome to the Auditory Figure Ground (AFG) app! This app aims to improve an individual's ability to accurately perceive speech in the presence of background competing noise. This skill is important in situations such as a noisy classroom, busy restaurant, etc. The inability to understand speech in the presence of background noise is one of the most common auditory complaints of students who have language and learning problems.

The auditory figure ground app can be used to help an individual's ability to recognize words in the presence of competing background noise. A series of one-syllable words is presented at a selected decibel level in a selected background noise type. The user is able to select the Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) and the type of background noise.

The SNR is basically how much louder the speaker’s voice is, above the other noises in the room. The American Speech Language Hearing Association has set the standard on acceptable classroom acoustics. According to ASHA, the SNR should be no lower than +15 decibels (which is what a child requires for intelligible comprehension; an adult requires +4 to +6 decibels). The average classroom has a SNR worse that +4 decibels!

SNR Settings:
+12 dB
+8 dB
+4 dB
0 dB
-4 dB

Background Noise Settings:
Children´s indoor playground
Elementary school children talking in lobby
Small cafe ambience
Noisy crowd walking and talking
White noise

The individual will hear a target word and be asked to select the image that represents the target word out of a field of four images. In the event that the images are not intuitive as to what they are meant to represents, you can tap on the corner of the image to flip the card to read the written word on the back.

As an individual's speech perception improves at a particular decibel setting, it is recommended to adjust the setting to a more difficult level to continue exercising auditory processing abilities.

This app may also be very beneficial for adults who have compromised auditory processing systems due to TBI and stroke, etc.

What’s New

Version 1.5

Bug fixes and updates for iOS 11

Ratings and Reviews


Good one!

Great for auditory processing sound discrimination. Nice settings. I use for phonological minimal pairs too. Well done.


Great app

I really like this app and have found it very helpful with a few of my patients. I agree with the other reviewer about more levels. This is a unique app that offers competing noise and I think it would be useful to take it beyond the single word level. I will say that so far, it is great for auditory processing, but it has also shown me what vocabulary my kids are lacking. I like the quality of the images and that I can switch between images and words. I also love the different noise levels and types of competing noise.

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Great App; 1 Request!

My daughter is hearing impaired and has verbal apraxia. This is a wonderful app to work on with her to perceive/focus on speech in various situations with background noise. We also use the same vendor's Apraxia Picture Sound Cards which is a fantastic app!

My request on this app is to provide some kind of feedback when the user has selected the correct or incorrect choice on the cards. This would not only provide reinforcement but make the app more fun for children.


412 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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