Benefits of Tablet-based Serious Games to Promote Speech Production in Young Children With Hearing Disabilities

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    University Hospital, Geneva
Updated on 25 January 2021
cochlear implant
hearing impairment
speech therapy
learning disability
hard of hearing
auditory stimulation


Learning to speak is a major challenge for children with hearing impairments. Nowadays, special devices such as conventional hearing aids, bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHA) or cochlear implants (CI) allow successful rehabilitation of patients with hearing disabilities. To obtain maximum benefit from these technical aids, instrumented hearing impaired children require specific and intensive speech therapy to compensate for speech development delays. In addition, it is also of primary importance that during daily life (e.g., at home, at school) children are provided with sufficient and good quality auditory stimulation.

The main goal of this project is to encourage speech production with an edutainment tool that can be used at home and that is adapted to the specific needs of young hearing impaired children. For this purpose, the investigators have recently designed an innovative educational solution: FunSpeech, a tablet-based set of video games that respond exclusively to sound and speech. The aim of this serious game is to encourage hearing impaired children to produce controlled sounds in terms of rhythm, intensity, and pitch. These are the main abilities required for controlled speech production. Finally, this serious game aims to support the parents' key role in the speech learning process by offering an effective solution that is easy to use at home with young children.

Condition Deafness, Hearing Loss, Auditory Loss and Deafness, Hearing Impairment, decreased hearing, hard of hearing, hypoacusis
Treatment Control, FunSpeech
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04454255
SponsorUniversity Hospital, Geneva
Last Modified on25 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Diagnosed with mild to profound hearing loss
Optimum instrumented hearing (hearing aids, BAHA or CI)
Language development delay confirmed by a speech therapist
Enough sensorimotor, cognitive and communication skills to play with tablet-based games
French mother tongue

Exclusion Criteria

Additional impairments which affect language development or the use of FunSpeech (e.g. motor, orofacial, sensory, cognitive)
Refusal of the participant's representative(s) to participate in the study
Refusal of the participant's representative(s) to participate in a modality of the study
If the child/participant refuses to collaborate in two measures of language level
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