Speech perception for adults using cochlear implants
AuthorDowell, Richard C.
Source TitleTactile aids for the hearing impaired
University of Melbourne Author/sDowell, Richard
Document TypeBook Chapter
CitationsDowell, R. C. (1994). Speech perception for adults using cochlear implants. In I. R. Summers (Ed.), Tactile aids for the hearing impaired (pp. 262-284). London: Whurr.
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A mere 16 years ago, the title of this chapter would have created considerable consternation in audiological circles. A high proportion of otologists and audiologists would have wondered, with good reason, about the potential content of such a chapter. In 1977, there were certainly cochlear implants in use with reported benefits, but reliable documentation of any useful speech perception under controlled conditions was difficult to find. The rapid development of cochlear prostheses since that time has led to thousands of profoundly hearing-impaired adults obtaining benefits for speech perception, and there is now no doubt regarding the efficacy of such devices. This chapter will provide a brief overview of this rapid improvement in the speech perception of adult cochlear implant users, consider some of the reasons for this improvement, and discuss some of the factors that may influence speech perception performance for the individual user. (From Introduction)
Keywordsspeech perception; cochlear implants; adults; tactile aids; hearing impaired; deafness; audiology; otology
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