Evaluation of training strategies with an electrotactile speech processor [Abstract]
AuthorAlcantara, J. I.; Cowan, R. S.; Blamey, P. J.; Whitford, L. W.; Clark, Graeme M.
Source TitleAustralian Journal of Audiology
Document TypeJournal Item
CitationsAlcantara, J. I., Cowan, R. S., Blamey, P. J., Whitford, L. W., & Clark, G. M. (1988). Evaluation of training strategies with an electrotactile speech processor [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Audiology, (suppl. 3), 7.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a publisher’s version of an article published in Australian Journal of Audiology 1988. This version is reproduced with permission from the publisher, Australian Academic Press. http://www.australianacademicpress.com.au/
During 1986, seven normally-hearing subjects were trained in the use of an electrotactile speech processor ("Tickle Talker"). Two training methods were used: (a) a combined strategy. in which a variety of training materials ranging from analytic to synthetic level were employed; and (b) a synthetic alone training strategy, in which only synthetic level training materials were used. All seven subjects received 70 hours of training, 35 hours in each training strategy. Subjects were evaluated in the tactile-lipreading (TL) and lipreading alone (L) conditions at: (I) 0 hours training; (2) 35 hours training; and (3) after 70 hours of training. An evaluation test battery was constructed which contained both closed-set and open-set materials. Results indicated differences in performance on the evaluation tests which were dependent upon the training strategy. The differences in performance were greater in some evaluation tests than others. Subsequently; seven severe-profoundly hearing-impaired children (aged 7-11) have been fitted with the Tickle Talker and are presently participating in an ongoing training programme. Evaluation of their performance will help to assess the suitability of the device for young children.
Keywordsotolaryngology; audiology; speech processor; Tickle Talker
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