The speech cue train game: A fun way to look at speech importance function

Robert L. Martin, Harvey Dillon

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Many situations reduce the effectiveness of amplification and eliminate the speech cues. If you use the "normalize" strategy, you put a lot of gain in the lower frequencies, which will probably cause the patient to reduce the volume level when he perceives excessive noise. It helps to consider the fitting from a speech cue point of view, as you do in using the equalize strategy. When you look at the coins (speech cues), you intuitively work to maximize speech information. This helps to reduce the familiar complaint, "I hear, but I don't understand the words." We are aware that many knowledgeable audiologists advocate the normalize approach. However, based on extensive clinical experience and research, we are convinced that the equalize strategy does the best job of maximizing the hearing aid patient's ability to understand speech. We welcome comments from readers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-64
Number of pages5
JournalHearing Journal
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2002


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