A Preliminary Observation on the Effect of Visual Information in Learning Environmental Sounds for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Environmental sounds (ES) give us fundamental information about the world around us and are essential to our safety as well as our perception of everyday life. With improvements in noise reduction techniques, hearing aids and cochlear implants show better performance in the understanding of speech by deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) people. On the other hand, DHH children have little chance to learn ES. We are developing an ES learning system with visual information so that those with severely handicapped children could enjoy learning ES. In this paper, we describe a preliminary observation of including visual information as well as sound in learning ES.
KeywordsEnvironmental sound Visual information Hearing-impaired people
This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Nrs. JP2628001, JP15K01056, JP15K1614, and the Sasakawa Scientific Research Grant from the Japan Science Society.
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