This study compared the speech perception enhancement provided by two multichannel tactile aids: a new version of the Tickle Talker™ and the Tactaid 7. The subjects' impression of benefit was also examined. In an AB pattern, six adults with hearing impairment used each device daily for approximately 18 weeks and attended 12 training sessions. When tactile information was provided, the group demonstrated a significant enhancement for the perception of words (mean 17.2%) and phonemes (mean 12.9%) in monosyllabic word lists, words in sentences (mean 14.2%) and speechtracking (mean 7.7 wpm). The Tactaid 7 provided a significantly greater enhancement for the perception of words (21% versus 13.4%), phonemes (16.7% versus 9.1%) and some speech features in monosyllabic word lists. Subjective ratings were slightly higher for the Tactaid 7, and four subjects preferred this device. Either device may be suitable for those not able or willing to have a cochlear implant.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Audiology|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|