A wearable tactile sensory aid for profoundly deaf children

  title={A wearable tactile sensory aid for profoundly deaf children},
  author={Frank A. Saunders and William A. Hill and Barbara Franklin},
  journal={Journal of Medical Systems},
A field evaluation was conducted in a classroom for profoundly deaf children, to determine the effects upon speech production of experience with a tactile sensory aid. The aid displays sound frequencies as touch patterns on a belt worn around the abdomen. 

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  • H. Upton
  • Psychology, Medicine
    American annals of the deaf
  • 1968