Author(s): Fu QJ, Galvin JJ rd
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Abstract The present study examined the effects of short-term perceptual training on normal-hearing listeners' ability to adapt to spectrally altered speech patterns. Using noise-band vocoder processing, acoustic information was spectrally distorted by shifting speech information from one frequency region to another. Six subjects were tested with spectrally shifted sentences after five days of practice with upwardly shifted training sentences. Training with upwardly shifted sentences significantly improved recognition of upwardly shifted speech; recognition of downwardly shifted speech was nearly unchanged. Three subjects were later trained with downwardly shifted speech. Results showed that the mean improvement was comparable to that observed with the upwardly shifted training. In this retrain and retest condition, performance was largely unchanged for upwardly shifted sentence recognition, suggesting that these listeners had retained some of the improved speech perception resulting from the previous training. The results suggest that listeners are able to partially adapt to a spectral shift in acoustic speech patterns over the short-term, given sufficient training. However, the improvement was localized to where the spectral shift was trained, as no change in performance was observed for spectrally altered speech outside of the trained regions.
This article was published in J Acoust Soc Am
and referenced in Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies & Hearing Aids