Evaluation Method for Hearing Aid Fitting under Reverberation : Comparison between Monaural and Binaural Hearing Aids

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Abstract

Some hearing-impaired persons with hearing aids complain of listening difficulty under reverberation. No method, however, is currently available for hearing aid fitting that permits evaluation of hearing difficulty caused by reverberations. In this study, we produced speech materials with a reverberation time of 2.02 s that mimicked a reverberant environment (a classroom). Speech materials with reverberation times of 0 and 1.01 s were also made. Listening tests were performed with these materials in hearing-impaired subjects and normal-hearing subjects in a soundproof booth. Listening tests were also done in a classroom. Our results showed that speech material with a reverberation time of 2.02 s had a decreased listening-test score in hearing-impaired subjects with both monaural and binaural hearing aids. Similar results were obtained in a reverberant environment. Our findings suggest the validity of using speech materials with different reverberation times to predict the listening performance under reverberation of hearing-impaired persons with hearing aids.

Journal

  • Journal of PHYSIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY and Applied Human Science

    Journal of PHYSIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY and Applied Human Science 23(6), 255-258, 2004-11-01

    Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    110002528764
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA11462444
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    SHO
  • ISSN
    13453475
  • Data Source
    CJP  NII-ELS  J-STAGE  NDL-Digital 
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