Influence of ear canal occlusion and air-conduction feedback on speech production in noise

This study answers the theoretical question of which aspect/characteristic of a hearing protector has the most influence on a talker’s voice level. It also provides some practical information for hearing protector users regarding wearing techniques that potentially could provide some benefit in terms of better speech communication in noise. The author suggested that the results of this study may be used to begin an effort to quantify metrics for other aspects of a hearing protector’s practical usability/wearability.

Byrne, David C. (2013). Influence of ear canal occlusion and air-conduction feedback on speech production in noise. Online at http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/20066/1/ByrneDC_ETD_2013.pdf

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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