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Understanding parental speech to improve hearing aids

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Recent research on the characteristics of child-directed speech provides more evidence that mothers and fathers speak to their young children in a different way.

Research presented at the 169th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, held in Pittsburgh, PA (USA), offers new evidence that fathers speak to their children in a different way than mothers. Although both use child-directed speech known as “motherese”, the sing-song, high pitch tone used when talking to infants and children, there appear to be differences in the way each parent approaches communication.

Scientists from Washington State University’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences analyzed data from all-day recordings of the interactions between 11 children with a mean age of 30 months and their parents. They found that fundamental frequency was different when comparing findings for the two parents, as well as frequency variability and range.

The findings suggest that the two distinct forms of child-directed speech may complement one another for the child’s language development. “Dads spoke to their children more like they spoke to other adults rather than in a special way,” said lead author Mark Vandam. “We’ve hypothesized that children get to try out certain kinds of speech with mom and get to try out other kinds of speech with dad.”

The researchers hope that this initial study will lead to more research and provide a way to improve speech recognition algorithms used in hearing aids and cochlear implants for children with hearing impairments.

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EUHA Congress 2017: New products and service tools
EUHA Congress 2017: New products and service tools

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A total of 135 companies from 21 different countries presented their product portfolios during the 62nd International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians held in Nuremberg from October 18 to 20. From small enterprises to the majors, from world-first innovations to tried and tested products – in a space of over 15,000 square meters, there was much to be discovered.

The effects of hearing loss on relationships
The effects of hearing loss on relationships

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Hearing loss has been shown to be associated with a wide range of other health problems, including depression, concentration difficulties, memory issues, and even dementia. New evidence now adds interpersonal communication breakdown to the list.

Specific protein mutations affecting the cochlea may contribute to early hearing loss
Specific protein mutations affecting the cochlea may contribute to early hearing loss

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A recent study carried out by researchers working at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (USA) showed that a master-switch protein, epithelial splicing regulatory protein 1 (ESRP1), may be associated with non-syndromic sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL).

Specialist fire alarms for the hearing impaired
Specialist fire alarms for the hearing impaired

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Technology is now helping to improve fire detection systems, including those for people with difficulty hearing. Newsroom New Zealand reports on the importance of these devices.

Hearing loss prevalence and better hearing to keep the brain active
Hearing loss prevalence and better hearing to keep the brain active

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According to a study published in the journal Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore – AAMSan estimated 422,000 older adults in Singapore suffer from hearing loss and over 100,000 may have disabling hearing impairment.

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Designing “sense-sensitive” environments for seniors

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Decreasing abilities involving sight and hearing are commonly recognized as part of aging, but touch, smell and taste may also become less acute.

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