An Auditory Performance Evaluation of Pediatric Hearing Aid FittingsBy Poissant, Sarah F.; Maxon, Antonia Brancia; Volta Review, Vol. 103, No. 3, pp. 141-167
Publication Date: 2001
Study conducted to determine the acoustic cues available in a signal that simulates amplified speech to young children who use hearing aids. A total of 40 children who were 5 years old children participated in the study. The effects of degree of hearing loss and distance were evaluated at three skill levels: (1) detection, (2) discrimination, and (3) identification. The amplified speech signals were provided by Studio Vision Pro version 3.5 recording software. The results indicated that the participants were restricted in their access to speech due to their hearing aids, their decreased sensation levels, and distance from the sound. The authors contend that children with severe and profound hearing loss who use hearing aids need greater access to the speech signal in order to communicate effectively. Implications for future research are discussed.
Published by: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Website:http://www.agbell.org)