Soda Bottles & Submarines: Essential Speech Acoustics

Knowledge of speech acoustics is essential for audiologists, therapists, and parents working with a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. This presentation offers an approach to assessing and optimizing listening in the clinic, home, and school. Observing the child's performance compared to real ear and audiometric testing completes the recommended battery approach for testing and validates that amplification and cochlear implant mapping are achieving their targets. Learning to listen and to speak can become an exercise in frustration and futility without an acoustic analysis of what the child hears.