Questions (follow-on project)

In this follow-on project we aim to identify specific issues that overlapping talk raises for cochlear implant (CI) users, through a focus group and a questionnaire survey. We are devising training software and activities for CI users, their families and professionals as ways of improving the experience of CI users during conversations that include overlapping talk. To do this, we are drawing on the corpora and the findings from our recent AHRC-funded research project. We believe that learning interactional strategies for handling overlapping talk will complement recent technical improvements in CI devices, giving CI users greater opportunity to participate in conversations, thus increasing social participation and integration.