Performance of high frequency impaired listeners with conventional and extended high frequency amplification.

This study sought to determine if a high-pass hearing aid can provide increased improvement in word recognition and consonant discrimination over that of a conventional high frequency emphasis hearing aid in listeners with hearing loss limited to frequencies above 1 000 Hz. Word and consonant discrimination were assessed in quiet and in the presence of 12 talker speech babble for 10 subjects under three listening conditions: (1) unaided; (2) wearing a conventional high frequency emphasis hearing aid, and (3) wearing an experimental high-pass instrument. The speech testing materials included: (1) Northwestern University Auditory Test No. 6; (2) California Consonant Test, and (3) eight voiceless English consonants. Results suggested that both instruments provided similar benefit in quiet for improving word recognition and resolving consonant errors. For the noise condition, however, the experimental high-pass aid provided a considerable advantage in both word recognition and consonant identification and was particularly sensitive to reducing within- and between-manner voiceless consonant confusions. Furthermore, measurements of real-ear gain revealed that the high-pass aid afforded considerably greater acoustic gain above 4 000 Hz than that shown for the conventional high frequency emphasis hearing aid,20
AuthorsD M Schwartz, R K Surr, A A Montgomery, R A Prosek, B E Walden
JournalAudiology : official organ of the International Society of Audiology (Audiology) 1979 Mar-Apr Vol. 18 Issue 2 Pg. 157-74 ISSN: 0020-6091 [Print] SWITZERLAND
PMID435176 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Amplifiers, Electronic
  • Hearing Aids (instrumentation)
  • Hearing Loss (rehabilitation)
  • Hearing Loss, Bilateral (rehabilitation)
  • Hearing Tests
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Speech Perception

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