The effects of short-term computerized speech-in-noise training on postlingually deafened adult cochlear implant recipients

Erin M. Ingvalson, Brienne Lee, Pamela J Fiebig, Patrick C.M. Wong

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Abstract

Purpose: To determine if short-term computerized speech-in-noise training can produce significant improvements in speech-in-noise perception by cochlear implant (CI) recipients on standardized audiologic testing measures. Method: Five adult postlingually deafened CI recipients participated in 4 speech-in-noise training sessions using the Seeing and Hearing Speech program (Sensimetrics; Malden, MA). Each participant completed lessons concentrating on consonant and vowel recognition at word, phrase, and sentence levels. Speech-in-noise abilities were assessed using the QuickSIN (Killion, Niquette, Gudmundsen, Revit, & Banerjee, 2004) and the Hearing in Noise Test (HINT (Nilsson, Soli & Sullivan, 1994)). Results: All listeners significantly improved key word identification on the HINT after training, albeit only at the most favorable signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Listeners also showed a significant reduction in the degree of SNR loss on the QuickSIN after training. Conclusion: Short-term speech-in-noise trainingmay improve speechin- noise perception in postlingually deafened adult CI recipients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-88
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Cochlear implant
  • Postlingually deafened
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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