Can a Commercially Available Auditory Training Program Improve Audiovisual Speech Performance? Purpose The goal of this study was to determine whether hearing aids in combination with computer-based auditory training improve audiovisual (AV) performance compared with the use of hearing aids alone. Method Twenty-four participants were randomized into an experimental group (hearing aids plus ReadMyQuips [RMQ] training) and a control ... Research Note
Research Note  |   October 01, 2016
Can a Commercially Available Auditory Training Program Improve Audiovisual Speech Performance?
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Dania Rishiq
    Audiology Section, Otorhinolaryngology Department, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
  • Aparna Rao
    Department of Speech and Hearing Science, Arizona State University, Tempe
  • Tess Koerner
    Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Harvey Abrams
    Starkey Hearing Technologies, Eden Prairie, MN
    University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Disclosure: Harvey Abrams is employed with Starkey Hearing Technologies, which provided grant funding for this project. Starkey Hearing Technologies also distributes ReadMyQuips, a computer-based training program used in this study.
    Disclosure: Harvey Abrams is employed with Starkey Hearing Technologies, which provided grant funding for this project. Starkey Hearing Technologies also distributes ReadMyQuips, a computer-based training program used in this study. ×
  • Correspondence to Dania Rishiq, who is now at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL: drishiq@southalabama.edu
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar
    Editor and Associate Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar×
Article Information
Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Research Forum: Internet and Audiology / Research Notes
Research Note   |   October 01, 2016
Can a Commercially Available Auditory Training Program Improve Audiovisual Speech Performance?
American Journal of Audiology, October 2016, Vol. 25, 308-312. doi:10.1044/2016_AJA-16-0017
History: Received February 3, 2016 , Revised June 2, 2016 , Accepted June 3, 2016
 
American Journal of Audiology, October 2016, Vol. 25, 308-312. doi:10.1044/2016_AJA-16-0017
History: Received February 3, 2016; Revised June 2, 2016; Accepted June 3, 2016

Purpose The goal of this study was to determine whether hearing aids in combination with computer-based auditory training improve audiovisual (AV) performance compared with the use of hearing aids alone.

Method Twenty-four participants were randomized into an experimental group (hearing aids plus ReadMyQuips [RMQ] training) and a control group (hearing aids only). The Multimodal Lexical Sentence Test for Adults (Kirk et al., 2012) was used to measure auditory-only (AO) and AV speech perception performance at three signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs). Participants were tested at the time of hearing aid fitting (pretest), after 4 weeks of hearing aid use (posttest I), and again after 4 weeks of RMQ training (posttest II).

Results Results did not reveal an effect of training. As expected, interactions were found between (a) modality (AO vs. AV) and SNR and (b) test (pretest vs. posttests) and SNR.

Conclusion Data do not show a significant effect of RMQ training on AO or AV performance as measured using the Multimodal Lexical Sentence Test for Adults.

Acknowledgments
This project was funded by a grant from Starkey Hearing Technologies. The authors thank Sandy Jobes, senior research administrator at Starkey, for help with scheduling participants and Ryan Irey, technical coordinator of laboratories at Starkey, for technical support and experimental setup. Portions of this work were presented at the Second International Meeting on Internet and Audiology, Eriksholm Research Centre, Oticon A/S, Snekkersten, Denmark, September 24 to 25, 2015.
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