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Int J Audiol. 2016;55(2):75-82. doi: 10.3109/14992027.2015.1095359.

Evaluation of a wireless audio streaming accessory to improve mobile telephone performance of cochlear implant users.

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1
a Hearts for Hearing Foundation , Oklahoma City , USA.
2
b Speech and Hearing Department , University of North Texas , Denton , Texas , USA.
3
c Cochlear Americas , Centennial , Colorado , USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential improvement in word recognition in quiet and in noise obtained with use of a Bluetooth-compatible wireless hearing assistance technology (HAT) relative to the acoustic mobile telephone condition (e.g. the mobile telephone receiver held to the microphone of the sound processor).

DESIGN:

A two-way repeated measures design was used to evaluate differences in telephone word recognition obtained in quiet and in competing noise in the acoustic mobile telephone condition compared to performance obtained with use of the CI sound processor and a telephone HAT.

STUDY SAMPLE:

Sixteen adult users of Nucleus cochlear implants and the Nucleus 6 sound processor were included in this study.

RESULTS:

Word recognition over the mobile telephone in quiet and in noise was significantly better with use of the wireless HAT compared to performance in the acoustic mobile telephone condition. Word recognition over the mobile telephone was better in quiet when compared to performance in noise.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results of this study indicate that use of a wireless HAT improves word recognition over the mobile telephone in quiet and in noise relative to performance in the acoustic mobile telephone condition for a group of adult cochlear implant recipients.

KEYWORDS:

Cochlear implant; audio streaming; telephone

PMID:
26681229
DOI:
10.3109/14992027.2015.1095359
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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