ERIC Number: EJ909056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Actor Vocal Training for the Habilitation of Speech in Adolescent Users of Cochlear Implants
Holt, Colleen M.; Dowell, Richard C.
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v16 n1 p140-151 Win 2011
This study examined changes to speech production in adolescents with hearing impairment following a period of actor vocal training. In addition to vocal parameters, the study also investigated changes to psychosocial factors such as confidence, self-esteem, and anxiety. The group were adolescent users of cochlear implants (mean age at commencement of training 15.9 years), with approximately half of the group wearing a hearing aid in the contralateral ear. The mean age of implantation of the group was 7.6 years and the participants displayed a range of speech production abilities. Evaluation of posttraining outcomes was performed via a combination of perceptual and acoustic analyses. Significant posttraining changes to vocal parameters included increased pitch range and variability and decreased speaking rate. From a psychosocial perspective, posttraining stress levels were significantly lowered. This study suggested that actor vocal training may benefit young people with hearing impairment, both in the way in which they use their voices and in the way in which they view themselves.
Descriptors: Speech, Hearing Impairments, Assistive Technology, Adolescents, Self Esteem, Anxiety, Age Differences, Outcomes of Treatment, Auditory Training
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