Effects of computer-assisted speech training on mandarin-speaking hearing-impaired children

Jiunn Liang Wu, Hui Mei Yang, Yi Hui Lin, Qian Jie Fu

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Abstract

The present study investigated whether moderate amounts of computer-assisted speech training can improve the speech recognition performance of hearing-impaired children. Ten Mandarin-speaking children (3 hearing aid users and 7 cochlear implant users) participated in the study. Training was conducted at home using a personal computer for half an hour per day, 5 days per week, for a period of 10 weeks. Results showed significant improvements in subjects' vowel, consonant, and tone recognition performance after training. The improved performance was largely retained for 2 months after training was completed. These results suggest that moderate amounts of auditory training, using a computer-based auditory rehabilitation tool with minimal supervision, can be effective in improving the speech performance of hearing-impaired children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-312
Number of pages6
JournalAudiology and Neurotology
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Speech and Hearing

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