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Speech feature recognition by profoundly hearing impaired children using a multiple-channel electrotactile speech processor and aided residual hearing.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2146295     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A group of prelinguistically hearing impaired children, between 7 and 11 years of age, were trained in the perception of vowel duration and place, the fricative /s/, and manner of articulation (/m/ vs /b/ and /s/ vs /t/) distinctions, using information provided by a multiple-channel electrotactile aid (Tickle Talker), and through aided hearing. Training was provided in the tactile-plus-aided hearing (TA) and tactile (T) conditions. Speech feature recognition tests were conducted in the TA, T, and aided hearing (A) conditions, during pretraining, training, and post-training phases. Test scores in the TA and T conditions were significantly greater than scores in the A condition for all tests, suggesting that perception of these features was improved when the tactile aid was worn. Test scores in the training and post-training phases were significantly greater than in the pretraining phase, suggesting that the training provided was responsible for the improvement in feature perception. Statistical analyses demonstrated a significant interaction between the main effects of condition and phase, suggesting that training improved perception in the TA and T conditions, but not in the A condition. Post-training and training test scores were similar suggesting that the perceptual skills acquired during training were retained after the removal of training. Recognition of trained features improved for trained, as well as for untrained words.
J I Alcántara; L A Whitford; P J Blamey; R S Cowan; G M Clark
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America     Volume:  88     ISSN:  0001-4966     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.     Publication Date:  1990 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-12-10     Completed Date:  1990-12-10     Revised Date:  2006-12-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1260-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Melbourne, Department of Otolaryngology, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Victoria, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Combined Modality Therapy
Communication Aids for Disabled*
Deafness / rehabilitation*
Education, Special
Equipment Design
Hearing Aids*
Speech Perception*

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