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J Basic Clin Physiol Pharmacol. 2008;19(3-4):301-16.

Effects of speech in noise and dichotic listening intervention programs on central auditory processing disorders.

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Speech and Hearing Center, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel. hakirya_m005@bezeqint.net

Abstract

Twenty children with central auditory processing disorders [(C)APD] were subjected to a structured intervention program of listening skills in quiet and in noise. Their performance was compared to that of a control group of 10 children with (C)APD with no special treatment. Pretests were conducted in quiet and in degraded listening conditions (speech noise and competing speech). The (C)APD management approach was integrative and included top-down and bottom-up strategies. It focused on environmental modifications, remediation techniques, and compensatory strategies. Training was conducted with monosyllabic and polysyllabic words, sentences and phrases in quiet and in noise. Comparisons of pre- and post-management measures indicated increase in speech recognition performance in background noise and competing speech for the treatment group. This improvement was exhibited for both ears. A significant difference between ears was found with the left ear showing improvement in both the short and the long versions of competing sentence tests and the right ear performing better in the long competing sentences only following intervention. No changes were documented for the control group. These findings add to a growing body of literature suggesting that interactive auditory training can improve listening skills.

PMID:
19025038
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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