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Introduction: This study aimed to verify the influence of speech stimulus presentation and speed on auditory recognition in cochlear implant (CI) users with poorer performance. Methods: The cross-sectional observational study applied auditory speech perception tests to fifteen adults, using three different ways of presenting the stimulus, in the absence of competitive noise: monitored live voice (MLV); recorded speech at typical speed (RSTS); recorded speech at slow speed (RSSS). The scores were assessed using the Percent Sentence Recognition Index (PSRI). The data was inferentially analysed using the Friedman and Wilcoxon tests with a 95% confidence interval and 5% significance level (p<0.05). Results: The mean age was 41.1 years, the mean duration of CI use was 11.4 years and the mean hearing threshold was 29.7 ± 5.9 dBHL. Test performance, as determined by the PSRI, was: MLV = 42.4 ± 17.9 %; RSTS = 20.3 ± 14.3 %; RSSS = 40.6 ± 20.7 %. There was a significant difference identified for RSTS compared to MLV and RSSS. Conclusion: The way the stimulus is presented and the speed at which it is presented enable greater auditory speech recognition in CI users, thus favouring comprehension when the tests are applied in the MLV and RSSS modalities.

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