Mobile Internet Telephony Improves Speech Intelligibility and Quality for Cochlear Implant Recipients.

Guignard, Jérémie; Senn, Pascal; Koller, Roger; Caversaccio, Marco; Kompis, Martin; Mantokoudis, Georgios (2019). Mobile Internet Telephony Improves Speech Intelligibility and Quality for Cochlear Implant Recipients. Otology & neurotology, 40(3), e206-e214. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/MAO.0000000000002132

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OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to investigate the benefit of mobile Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) over conventional mobile phone calls (Global System for Mobile Communications, GSM) on speech intelligibility and quality for cochlear implant (CI) recipients. STUDY DESIGN Cross-sectional, prospective. SETTING Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS A volunteer sample of experienced, German-speaking, adult CI recipients was considered. Volunteers with less than 50% aided monosyllabic word discrimination were excluded. INTERVENTION Smartphone communication was changed from GSM to VoIP on two separate devices (A and B). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Speech intelligibility was assessed with the Hochmair-Shulz-Moser (HSM) test in noise, speech quality with the mean opinion score (MOS) survey and the perceptual evaluation of speech quality (PESQ) algorithm. RESULTS With device A, the mean HSM scores were 64.40% ± 32.41 with GSM and 77.28% ± 21.60 with VoIP (p = 0.0573). 66.7% of patients had a higher score with VoIP. For device B the means were 53.90% ± 21.77 and 69.07% ± 21.09 (p < 0.0001). 94.1% patients scored better with VoIP.With device A the average MOS scores were 3.12 ± 1.52 and 4.08 ± 0.95 (p = 0.0078). 76.9% of patients gave a higher score with VoIP. With device B the means were 2.71 ± 1.08 and 3.528 ± 1.44 (p = 0.0068). 56.3% of patients gave a higher score with VoIP. The effect was smaller when using an accessory cable. PESQ scores were significantly higher with VoIP (p < 0.001) in all configurations. CONCLUSIONS CI recipients experience speech intelligibility and quality improvements using VoIP on a smartphone compared with conventional mobile phone calls.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders (ENT)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute for Infectious Diseases > Infection Serology

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Guignard, Jérémie; Senn, Pascal; Caversaccio, Marco; Kompis, Martin and Mantokoudis, Georgios


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Lippincott Williams & Wilkins




Stefan Weder

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22 Jan 2020 11:17

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22 Jan 2020 11:17

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