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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.

Source: Tech Times

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As part of its focus on accessibility, Apple is planning to support AirPods as a listening tool when paired with an iPhone.

Ensuring captioned telephone services for people with hearing loss
Ensuring captioned telephone services for people with hearing loss

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The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved a change to the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) to ensure that this communications service remains available for people with hearing loss, reports the Telecom Reseller.

Taking hearing loss into account at dental practices
Taking hearing loss into account at dental practices

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Specialist resource for dental professionals, DentristryiQ recently ran an article on how dental professionals can take into account the different circumstances of people with hearing loss and how to best communicate with them.

Full reimbursement scheme for hearing aids in France revealed
Full reimbursement scheme for hearing aids in France revealed

Reimbursement

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After several months of intensive discussions, the new “full reimbursement” scheme for hearing aids was revealed on Wednesday, June 13.

Hearing care professionals commit to historic reform in France
Hearing care professionals commit to historic reform in France

Reimbursement

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In France, the establishment of full reimbursement (RAC zero in French) for optical dental and hearing devices was officially signed by the relevant professional bodies and the French Minister of Health, Agnès Buzyn.

Link between ISSNHL and affective disorders
Link between ISSNHL and affective disorders

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Researchers from Hallym University College of Medicine in Chuncheon, Republic of Korea have found that patients with idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSNHL) are at increased risk of developing affective disorders including depression or anxiety.

Noise exposure: new second-hand smoke issue
Noise exposure: new second-hand smoke issue

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Although noise exposure is not a new area of concern, it appears that more and more people are paying attention to the problem.

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