Your dad calls you frantically and rattles off a phone number. You have no time to run and get to a pad he says, so you're forced to keep it in mind. When the phone call ends, you run to find a pad and paper that you can use to note the number down. A good 10 minutes lapse before you are able to find the needed apparatus. But you know what? Even after that lapse, you are able to remember that number and note it down. How did that happen? It's because of your strong auditory memory.
Look at it this way, when someone talks to you, what do you do? You listen to it, take in that information, process it and you store it in your memory. And you store it in such a manner that you are able to recall it for later use. That is exactly what auditory memory involves - The information that has been presented orally, has to be processed, analyzed and then stored so that it can be recalled later. The ability to store this maximally well will determine the power of your auditory memory and how strong it is. A skill such as this one needs to be perfected and honed throughout ones life because it basically determines how well you are able to grasp something and remember it for later. In the direction of improving your auditory memory then, there are certain auditory memory games that can be used. In this following section, we will give you some of these auditory memory activities that can be made use of.
Auditory Memory Strategies and Activities
Having a strong auditory memory is very important because a certain portion of the concepts that we learn depends on the same. That is why we find that children who suffer from an auditory memory disorder will find it difficult to grasp and process things that they hear and therefore they cannot learn particular concepts in life. In order to hone this skill then, here are a list of games that you can use.
Tap This, Tap That
Have the child sit with you. Then use a flat base and create a rhythm, something like one slow beat, then two fast ones. Ask the child to repeat what you did. When the child has been successful in doing the same, add more taps and beats and vary the rhythm to make it more difficult. This allows the child to listen and keep the rhythm and sequence in mind, which automatically increases the child's auditory memory.
Repeat After Me
For this one, you start off by telling a simple story to the child, nothing with too many details. Then after you're done, ask questions that are related to the story and the characters or you could ask the child to repeat the gist of the story. Increase the difficulty of the story as the child gets better. Help the child along the way if he makes mistakes.
Make a simple combination of numbers, for example - 5-4-9. Then ask the child to repeat. Slowly start increasing the numbers and increase the level of difficulty by using double digit combinations. This will require more concentration and better understanding. You can also make it more interesting by adding a tune to it and having the child repeat it.
Silly Me, Silly You
Make up several sentences that are absolutely silly and wrong. For example - 'The sun came out at night and played with the stars.' or 'I had a sore throat so I ate a lot of ice cream and cold water.' Ask the child to point out the mistake in these sentences and then correct them. Then ask him to do the same for you, make up sentences while you find the mistake.
Take up popular songs that have been set to a particular actions like 'My Bonny lies over the ocean'. Start out with the child and you repeating the song and the corresponding action. Then after a point of time, tell the child to go mute and repeat the actions by singing the song in his head. This will help the child learn how to memorize the song and help him recall different concepts well enough.
While these auditory memory games focus on children, there are several ways in which the same can be inculcated for adults as well. This can be done by using several memory games for adults, those with special concentration on enhancing auditory powers. For example listening to new songs and then trying to recall what was said, or switching on a news channel wherein a news reporter speaks in a completely different accent, then trying to understand the same and repeating it.
When you get your mind to work hard with the help of these games, you'll find that the memory powers will be enhanced to a great extent. And that right there, is the sweet taste of success and a great memory as well.