Auditory examples – phonemes

Many people with a hearing loss experience difficulties in everyday life, for example, following speech in background noise. Auditory training involves actively listening to sounds over a period of time. In this study participants listen to short sounds such as /bee/- /dee/, /dar/-/gar/, called phonemes (the building blocks of speech). We want to know if training people's ability to listen to the very small difference that make up these sounds will help them tune into speech, which is made up of all these sounds.

The computer game presents three sounds and participants are asked to select the odd one out. For example, if you heard /bee/ - /bee/ - /dee/, the /dee/ would be the odd one out. As the game progresses the sounds become more and more similar and that is when your auditory system is working hard. Try out the examples below:

Please make sure your speaker volume is set at a comfortable listening level.

Phonemes that sound like /ah/ and /eh/

Can you pick out the phoneme /ah/?

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Phonemes that sound like /blee/ and /bree/

Can you pick out the phoneme /blee/?

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