Who said what? Sampling conversation-repair behavior involving adults with acquired hearing impairment

Christopher Lind, L Hickson, Norman Erber

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    Aural rehabilitation techniques provide clinicians with a range of intervention strategies to address the impact of acquired hearing impairment on everyday conversation. Although clinicians rely on assessment of speech reception abilities in the clinic and self-report of the effects of intervention on conversation and psychosocial issues, they do not currently possess techniques by which they might directly assess changes in everyday conversational behavior following intervention. This article reports on studies that have sampled conversation behavior, particularly patterns of repair, as a basis for such direct assessment. These studies provide initial evidence of the potential for clinical assessment of conversation behavior as a direct method for evaluating the outcome of conversation-based aural rehabilitation techniques. This article reviews research into the assessment of repair in conversations involving adults who have acquired hearing impairment (HI). The article uses conversation analysis as the guiding methodology and theory to address acquired HI as a communication disorder. The ways in which conversation may be disrupted by an acquired HI are described, and the conduct and limitations of current technological and conversation-based rehabilitation for this population are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)104-115
    Number of pages12
    JournalSeminars in Hearing
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • Aural rehabilitation
    • Conversation
    • Conversation analysis
    • Discourse
    • Repair
    • Speech reception


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