Multi-Site Study of the Efficacy of Speech Perception Training for Hearing Aid Users

This multi-site study evaluates the efficacy of an intensive, long-term auditory training program for hearing aid users to improve their communication performance.   Hearing aid users demonstrate modest performance with short-term training programs, but the benefits of a long-term training program have not yet been reported.  The overall project has recruited six research-oriented clinics to train 10 hearing aid users/year, with 35 hours of training per participant.  The performance of the hearing aid users will be compared to a “listening group” that will not undergo the extensive training.  The training program (SPATS) is implemented on a standard computer and web interface. The University of Maryland Hearing Science Lab in the Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences serves as one of the training sites on a subcontract basis. 

Related Publications and Presentations

  • Miller, J. D., Watson, C. S., Kewley-Port, D., Sillings, R., Mills, W. B., & Burleson, D. F. (2007). SPATS: Speech perception assessment and training system. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America122(5), 3063. View Article
  • Miller, J. D., Watson, C. S., Kewley-Port, D., Sillings, R., Mills, W. B., & Burleson, D. F. (2008, September). SPATS: Speech perception assessment and training system. In Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (Vol. 2, No. 1, p. 050005). Acoustical Society of America. View Article
  • Miller, J. D., Watson, C. S., Kistler, D. J., Preminger, J. E., & Wark, D. J. (2008). Training listeners to identify the sounds of speech: II. Using SPATS software. The Hearing Journal61(10), 29. View Article

This research is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, NIH. ( Grant # R33DC011174, C. Watson, PI), as a sub-contract with Communication Disorders Technology, Inc.