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Vol. 65, No. 1, 2013
Issue release date: October 2013
Section title: Original Paper
Folia Phoniatr Logop 2013;65:25-31
(DOI:10.1159/000350490)

Evaluating the Use of an Assistive Listening Device for Communication Efficiency Using the Diapix Task: A Pilot Study

McInerney M. · Walden P.
aDepartment of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Queens Campus, Long Island Audiology Consortium, and bDepartment of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Staten Island Campus, St. John's University, Jamaica, N.Y., USA

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 5/23/2013

Number of Print Pages: 7
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Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 1021-7762 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9972 (Online)

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Abstract

Objective: The present study aimed to investigate the effects of assistive listening device (ALD) use on communication efficiency in groups of elderly adults with and without hearing impairment during a structured language sampling task. The relationship between self-perceived hearing handicap and communication efficiency was also explored. Method: Twenty-two subjects completed measures of hearing sensitivity, perceived hearing handicap, cognition, and a language sample. One half of the hearing-impaired participants and one half of the normal-hearing group were randomly assigned to use an ALD during a structured conversation task with a naïve partner. Results: The Hearing Loss/No ALD group had significantly more breakdowns than the Hearing Loss/With ALD group. Further, the Hearing Loss/With ALD group performed statistically similar to the two groups without hearing loss. For the normal-hearing groups as well as the Hearing Loss/No ALD group, self-perceived hearing handicap was significantly correlated with the number of communication breakdowns. Conclusion: The results lent preliminary support for the use of ALDs in the management of hearing loss. A case for functional assessment of communication was made to better illuminate causes of perceived communication handicap in the aural rehabilitation of elderly persons with hearing impairment.


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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 5/23/2013

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 1021-7762 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9972 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPL


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