Turn and ear to hear

Compatible with lip reading

Could a modest head turn compromise the benefit of lip-reading, which is very important for hearing impaired people? Our data shows that it does not.

How data were collected:

Study participants attended to target speech from a loudspeaker in front of them with noise coming from a loudspeaker placed behind them. Speech intelligibility was measured with and without accompanying video, so the benefit of lip-reading could be calculated. Listeners either faced the speech or (still watching the video) oriented their head 30 degrees to one side.

Our data showed that the benefit of lip-reading was unaffected by a modest, 30-degree head orientation. The benefits of lip-reading and turning an ear towards a talker can therefore be combined.