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Computer-Based Speech-Reception Training

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
76113
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
DC006765
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ADVANCED HEARING CONCEPTS, INC.
BOX 1166, 998 SEA EAGLE LOOP BODEGA BAY, CA 94923-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Computer-Based Speech-Reception Training
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44DC006765-02A1
Award Amount: $913,629.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): A common complaint by people with hearing loss is the great difficulty they experience in understanding speech in a noisy environment. Hearing aids, unfortunately, amplify both speech and background noise. It is possibl e to improve speech understanding in noise to some extent by honing one's listening skills. A self-guiding training system will be developed to help hearing-aid users improve their ability to understand speech in the presence of background noise. Modern te chnology will be used, such as a relatively inexpensive personal computer, or an even less expensive DVD player, to develop a system that is convenient, entertaining and easy to use. The intent is to develop a system that will be widely used, thereby impro ving the quality of life for substantial numbers of people with hearing loss. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE Audio-visual training materials will be developed for a self-guiding training program to help hearing-aid users improve their speech reception skills in a noisy environment. Three experiments will be performed to evaluate the training system. The first experiment will evaluate a computer-based version of the system. The improvement in speech reception in noise will be measured for both new and experienced u sers of hearing aids after a 6-week training period. The second experiment will evaluate two DVD-based versions of the training program. The third experiment will evaluate the training system using audition only.

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Small Business Information at Submission:

ADVANCED HEARING CONCEPTS, INC.
ADVANCED HEARING CONCEPTS, INC. BOX 1166, 998 SEA EAGLE LOOP BODEGA BAY, CA 94923

EIN/Tax ID: 753013558
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No