The authors will review an online experiment conducted to evaluate speech recognition in noise in persons with normal and impaired hearing when the talker wore an opaque and a transparent mask. Significant benefit of the transparent mask over the opaque mask was attributed to the addition of facial cues rather than acoustic differences between the two masks.
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- After this course, participants will be able to describe acoustic effects on the speech signal across mask types relative to no mask.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe a method for virtual evaluation of speech recognition in noise across face mask conditions.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the differences in speech recognition in noise scores when listening to auditory/visual stimuli recording with no mask, an opaque mask, and a transparent mask.
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Linda K. Thibodeau
Dr. Linda Thibodeau is a Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas in the Audiology Doctoral program since 1996. She teaches courses in Pediatric Aural Habilitation and conducts research with wireless assistive technology. She serves as a consultant to several school districts and hearing aid manufacturers and co-chairs the ANSI committee for Electroacoustic Evaluation of Hearing Assistive Devices/Systems.
Chi Mai Quynh Tran
Chi Tran is a second-year Doctor of Audiology student at the University of Texas at Dallas where she earned a BS in speech-language pathology and audiology in 2019. She is involved in the Hearing Health Lab under the direction of Dr. Linda Thibodeau and has contributed to research on assistive technology, the effects of face masks on speech recognition in noise, and smartphone app for hearing improvement. Her clinical interests include adults, pediatrics, advanced diagnostics, educational audiology, and humanitarian outreach. She serves as a Treasurer on the SAA UTD Chapter board for 2020-2021.
Financial disclosures: Chi Mai Quynh Tran received an honorarium for this course. Non-financial disclosures: Chi Mai Quynh Tran has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
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