Monthly Archives: November 2010

Speech fluency family profile – a linguistic, acoustic and electromyographic study*

this study represents one of the first endophenotypic research proposals on stuttering characterized by two aspects: objective inclusion criteria and the type of stuttering symptomatology manifested.

from Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica

Speech perception in pre-lingual deaf users of cochlear implant*

the study indicates that the cochlear implant has brought real benefits for the group of studied children, as it allowed the maximum development of the auditory skills.

from Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica

Students’ performance in phonological awareness, rapid naming, reading, and writing*

students with learning difficulties presented deficits when considering the relationship between naming and automatization skills, and among lexical access, visual discrimination, stimulus frequency use and competition in using less time for code naming, i.e. necessary for the phoneme-grapheme conversion process required in the reading and writing alphabetic system like the Portuguese language.

from Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica

Study of suppression effect in the brainstem auditory evoked potential*

the present study indicated increased latencies and reduced amplitudes of waves I, III and V with contralateral noise, when comparing the situations with and without noise. These results suggest a possible influence of the efferent auditory system on the response modulation of Brainstem auditory evoked potential when contralateral white noise is used.

from Pró-Fono

Syllable deletion in spontaneous speech of children with specific language impairment*

the preference for the production of dissyllabic words reassures the difficulty of these children with complex syllabic structures and, in part, explains their spontaneous speech unintelligibility. The predominance of unstressed syllable deletion indicates the preference for producing the nucleus of words, where emphasis is given to the stressed syllable during language expression.

from Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica

Stuttering: A constant struggle to get the words out

One little consonant or vowel. When you stutter, that’s all that stands between you and total humiliation.

from USA

World-Renowned Ear Surgeon Posts Informational & Educational Videos on Hearing Aids

Dr. William H. Lippy, one of the foremost ear surgeons in the field of hearing restoration, announced the posting of 5 additional videos into his Online Video Library. These videos focus on an area of increasing interest for baby boomers, hearing aids.

from CASLPA, The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Special issue: Facilitating speech production

Volume 34, number 3 (September 2010)

from the Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Annual Evidence Update on Stroke: 30 November – 3 December 2010

This update from NHS Evidence–stroke will cover topics such as organisation of care, upper limbs, mobility, speech and language, basic personal needs, cognition and perception and living with stroke. There will also be a section on uncertainties identified and, expert summaries will be included to help make sense of the new evidence presented.

from the National electronic Library for Medicines (NeLM)

Toys, Books & Games that Promote Language Development

Without abstract.

from CASLPA, The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Growth-factor gel shows promise as hearing-loss treatment

A new treatment has been developed for sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), a condition that causes deafness in 40,000 Americans each year, usually in early middle-age. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Medicine describe the positive results of a preliminary trial of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1), applied as a topical gel.


Temporal resolution and selective attention of individuals with tinnitus

CONCLUSION: tinnitus did not interfere in the auditory abilities of selective attention and temporal resolution.

from Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica

Tense marking by Brazilian deaf signers

CONCLUSION: the deaf participants of the study presented and adequate use of tense markers in most of the sentences produced using Brazilian sign language, however difficulty was observed when using written Portuguese.

from Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica

Tone influence and word boundaries in stuttering and fluent adolescents and adults

CONCLUSION: the results of this study reinforce the theory that broken speech is mainly a consequence of slow phonological coding and a corresponding slowness in the building up and recovery of the phonetic plan.

from Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica

Validation of items for a speech intelligibility assessment scale

CONCLUSION: the scale items were validated and demonstrated efficacy in the assessment of speech intelligibility of the studied cases.

from Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica