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Correction on page 54
This paragraph should read:
“If semantic peaks are important to understand the meaning, everything else – as far as information processing goes – is a “semantic pause” or “semantic silence” i.e. a period of time when we may concentrate more on speaking and not listening (peak of speaking) even though some source language words are being physically uttered.”
Chapter 3 Speaking and Breathing Volume
One of the topics covered by the book is wearing your simultaneous interpretation headset. Some interpreters use only one ear and we recommend against such practice. The book goes into more detail including the explanation of binaural summation and why it is safer from the medical standpoint to use both ears.
Using one ear also negatively influences speech intelligibility. At the time the book was written, we did not include any statistical data, however, here is a source that claims that “individuals with unilateral hearing loss find that speech comprehension suffers greatly, falling to only about 30 to 35 percent of what can be heard with two healthy ears.” Source: Facts About Hearing Loss.
Interpreters who shift one ear or use only one ear place themselves artificially into a situation hearing loss patients experience. We know that in cases of unilateral hearing loss (UHL) one of the symptoms is difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments.
Here is another source on the topic of UHL: Welsh LW, Welsh JJ, Rosen LF, Dragonette JE (December 2004). “Functional impairments due to unilateral deafness”. Ann. Otol. Rhinol. Laryngol. 113 (12): 987–93. It further clarifies that “[t]he data revealed a wide range of impairment, from mild to relatively severe (ie, 0% to 60% [mean, 34%]…” for speech discrimination in noisy environments.
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