High-Variability Phonetic Training Benefits Lexical Tone Perception: An Investigation on Mandarin-Speaking Pediatric Cochlear Implant Users

Hao Zhang, Hongwei Ding, Yang Zhang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations

Abstract

Purpose Lexical tone perception is known to be persistently difficult for individuals with cochlear implants (CIs). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of high-variability phonetic training (HVPT) in improving Mandarin tone perception for native-speaking children with CIs. Method A total of 28 Mandarin-speaking pediatric CI recipients participated in the study. Half of the children with CIs received a five-session HVPT within a period of 3 weeks. Identification and discrimination of lexical tones produced by familiar talkers (used during training) and novel talkers (not used during training) were measured before, immediately after, and 10 weeks after training termination. The other half untrained children served as control for the identical pre- and posttests. Results Lexical tone perception significantly improved in both trained identification task and untrained discrimination task for the trainees. There was also a significant effect in transfer of learning to perceiving tones produced by novel talkers. Moreover, training-induced gains were retained for up to 10 weeks after training. By comparison, no significant pre-post changes were observed in the control group. Conclusion The results provide the first systematical assessment for the efficacy of the HVPT protocol for Mandarin-speaking pediatric CI users with congenital hearing loss, which supports the clinical utility of intensive short-term HVPT in these children's rehabilitative regimens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2070-2084
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Volume64
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 4 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by grants from the Major Program of National Social Science Foundation of China (No. 18ZDA293) to H. Ding and Y. Zhang. Y. Zhang received additional support from the University of Minnesota’s Brain Imaging Grant and Grand Challenges Exploratory Research Grant for international collaboration. We thank the Shanghai Rehabilitation Center of the Deaf Children for the cooperation and assistance in implementing this study.

Funding Information:
This study was supported by grants from the Major Program of National Social Science Foundation of China (No. 18ZDA293) to H. Ding and Y. Zhang. Y. Zhang received additional support from the University of Minnesota?s Brain Imaging Grant and Grand Challenges Exploratory Research Grant for international collaboration. We thank the Shanghai Rehabilitation Center of the Deaf Children for the cooperation and assistance in implementing this study.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Keywords

  • Child
  • Cochlear Implantation
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Humans
  • Phonetics
  • Pitch Perception
  • Speech Perception
  • Timbre Perception

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'High-Variability Phonetic Training Benefits Lexical Tone Perception: An Investigation on Mandarin-Speaking Pediatric Cochlear Implant Users'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this