This study assessed speech perception benefits for three congenitally deaf adolescents who used an electrotactile speech processor (Tickle Talker(TM)) and subsequently went on to use a Nucleus Minisystem 22 cochlear implant. Both devices provided significant and comparable benefits for all children in the device plus lipreading condition. All children benefited from the additional information provided by either the Tickle Talker(TM) or the cochlear implant, and were able to perceive speech information with these devices that was not available through either aided residual hearing or lipreading. None of the three children were able to understand open-set words or sentences using either hearing aids alone or Tickle Talker(TM) alone, without the aid of lipreading. Two of the children showed significant open-set speech perception benefits while using their cochlear implant alone.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of the American Academy of Audiology|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1996|