Evaluating outcome of auditory training
Various articles suggest that better speech understanding can be obtained by auditory training. Auditory training typically consists of training speech perception in varying background noise levels or with degraded speech signals. Recently a Danish material for auditory training has been developed. This material consists of music training examples as well as speech training exercises. The rationale behind adding music training is variation in exercises as well as calling attention to details in auditory perception that could be valuable in speech perception as well as in hearing aid fitting. The results presented in this poster originate from examination of the benefits this material can provide on speech perception. Results from the investigation show an average benefit of auditory training, but with a large interpersonal variation, suggesting that a preselection of the individuals better suited for auditory training is needed. A battery of cognitive tests has been applied pre- and post-training, results from these tests are presented and discussed, in order to determine if there is correlation between cognition in general, improvement in cognition by auditory training, and obtaining better speech understanding by auditory training.
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