Accession Number : AD0736688

Title :   Directions for Research to Improve Hearing Aids and Services for the Hearing Impaired.

Corporate Author : NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES-NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON D C COMM ON HEARING BIOACOUSTICS BIOMECHANICS

Report Date : FEB 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 44

Abstract : Areas of research which could result in significant improvements in sensory aids for persons with hearing impairment are identified. The degradation of hearing-aid performance in noisy and reverberant environments is stressed and its elimination is given high priority. Research and development of improved techniques for evaluation of hearing aids is emphasized. Basic research on the characteristics of the impaired auditory system is suggested. Investigations of perceptual learning are especially relevant since auditory learning and learning to lipread are essential skills for the hearing-impaired. Research related to the hearing-impaired infant or child is of special importance. Finally, studies of the distribution of existing services to the hearing impaired population are briefly mentioned. Here matters of information flow and training are stressed.

Descriptors :   (*DEAFNESS, *EARPHONES), HEARING, PATHOLOGY, AUDITORY PERCEPTION, INFANTS, CHILDREN, EDUCATION, INSTRUMENTATION, EFFICIENCY, PERCEPTION

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE