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Int J Lang Commun Disord. 2007 Jul-Aug;42(4):387-405.

Changes in speech production in an early deafened adult with a cochlear implant.

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The Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University, Institute for Neuro-Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA. p.wong@northwestern.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIMS:

The current study is a first investigation reporting the speech production characteristics of an early deafened adult cochlear implant user after a course of speech-language treatment.

METHODS AND PROCEDURES:

The participant is culturally deaf and received the cochlear implant when she was 43 years old. A 24-week ABCABC single-subject treatment programme was conducted addressing articulation, the oral production of printed words, and voice production, with two 4-week segments for each area.

OUTCOMES AND RESULTS:

Treatment-specific progress, revealed by untrained stimuli, was made in areas of articulation and oral production of printed words, but not voice production. Formal measures also confirmed the patient's progress.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results were discussed in relation to how long-term reduction of general auditory input and under-use of the speech production mechanisms can be remediated by technological and behavioural treatment.

PMID:
17613096
DOI:
10.1080/13682820600988868
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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