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date: 11 December 2019

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Prosodic features play a very important role in the process of understanding speech and therefore they are essential in the communication process. Studies on the perception of prosodic features by individuals with sensory neural hearing loss (HL) who use various kinds of sensory aids demonstrate that although these features are relatively easier to perceive in comparison to many segmental features, many individuals with severe and profound HL experience difficulties in perceiving them. This chapter presents research in the area of perception of prosodic features, both linguistic and paralinguistic, by children and adults with HL. It addresses the effects of auditory exposure and learning on the perception of prosody, with special attention to effects from use of various kinds of sensory aids, including hearing aids (HA) cochlear implants (CI), and bimodal stimulation (CI on one ear and HA on the contralateral ear) compared to CI or HA only.

Keywords: speech perception, prosodic features, emotions, suprasegmental features, hearing loss, cochlear implants

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