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Speech perception benefits of internet versus conventional telephony for hearing-impaired individuals

Published inJournal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 14, no. 4, e102
Publication date2012

Telephone communication is a challenge for many hearing-impaired individuals. One important technical reason for this difficulty is the restricted frequency range (0.3-3.4 kHz) of conventional landline telephones. Internet telephony (voice over Internet protocol [VoIP]) is transmitted with a larger frequency range (0.1-8 kHz) and therefore includes more frequencies relevant to speech perception. According to a recently published, laboratory-based study, the theoretical advantage of ideal VoIP conditions over conventional telephone quality has translated into improved speech perception by hearing-impaired individuals. However, the speech perception benefits of nonideal VoIP network conditions, which may occur in daily life, have not been explored. VoIP use cannot be recommended to hearing-impaired individuals before its potential under more realistic conditions has been examined.

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged
  • 80 and over
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Female
  • Hearing Aids
  • Hearing Loss/physiopathology/psychology/therapy
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Speech Perception
  • Telephone
  • Young Adult
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
Citation (ISO format)
MANTOKOUDIS, Georgios et al. Speech perception benefits of internet versus conventional telephony for hearing-impaired individuals. In: Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2012, vol. 14, n° 4, p. e102. doi: 10.2196/jmir.1818
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