Effect of Computerized Auditory Training on Speech Perception of Adults With Hearing Impairment Computerized auditory training (CAT) is a convenient, low-cost approach to improving communication of individuals with hearing loss or other communicative disorders. A number of CAT programs are being marketed to patients and audiologists. The present literature review is an examination of evidence for the effectiveness of CAT in improving speech ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2013
Effect of Computerized Auditory Training on Speech Perception of Adults With Hearing Impairment
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  • Rachel Pizarek
    Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • Valeriy Shafiro
    Rush University, Chicago, Illinois
  • Patricia McCarthy
    Rush University, Chicago, Illinois
  • Disclosure: Financial: Rachel Pizarek is an audiologist at Weill Cornell Medical College.
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  • Disclosure: Financial: Valeriy Shafiro is a researcher and associate professor at Rush University. Patricia McCarthy is a professor at Rush University.
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  • Nonfinancial: Rachel Pizarek has non nonfinancial information to disclose. Patricia McCarthy and Valeriy Shafiro have previously published in this topic area.
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Disorders / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2013
Effect of Computerized Auditory Training on Speech Perception of Adults With Hearing Impairment
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, December 2013, Vol. 20, 91-106. doi:10.1044/arri20.3.91
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, December 2013, Vol. 20, 91-106. doi:10.1044/arri20.3.91

Computerized auditory training (CAT) is a convenient, low-cost approach to improving communication of individuals with hearing loss or other communicative disorders. A number of CAT programs are being marketed to patients and audiologists. The present literature review is an examination of evidence for the effectiveness of CAT in improving speech perception in adults with hearing impairments. Six current CAT programs, used in 9 published studies, were reviewed. In all 9 studies, some benefit of CAT for speech perception was demonstrated. Although these results are encouraging, the overall quality of available evidence remains low, and many programs currently on the market have not yet been evaluated. Thus, caution is needed when selecting CAT programs for specific patients. It is hoped that future researchers will (a) examine a greater number of CAT programs using more rigorous experimental designs, (b) determine which program features and training regimens are most effective, and (c) indicate which patients may benefit from CAT the most.

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