alexa Effectiveness of computer-based auditory training in improving the perception of noise-vocoded speech.


Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies & Hearing Aids

Author(s): Stacey PC, Summerfield AQ

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Abstract Five experiments were designed to evaluate the effectiveness of "high-variability" lexical training in improving the ability of normal-hearing subjects to perceive noise-vocoded speech that had been spectrally shifted to simulate tonotopic misalignment. Two approaches to training were implemented. One training approach required subjects to recognize isolated words, while the other training approach required subjects to recognize words in sentences. Both approaches to training improved the ability to identify words in sentences. Improvements following a single session (lasting 1-2 h) of auditory training ranged between 7 and 12 \%pts and were significantly larger than improvements following a visual control task that was matched with the auditory training task in terms of the response demands. An additional three sessions of word- and sentence-based training led to further improvements, with the average overall improvement ranging from 13 to 18\% pts. When a tonotopic misalignment of 3 mm rather than 6 mm was simulated, training with several talkers led to greater generalization to new talkers than training with a single talker. The results confirm that computer-based lexical training can help overcome the effects of spectral distortions in speech, and they suggest that training materials are most effective when several talkers are included.
This article was published in J Acoust Soc Am and referenced in Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies & Hearing Aids

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