ERIC Number: ED155839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Rated Speech Intelligibility of Hearing Impaired Children: Basic Relationships and a Detailed Analysis. Series R, No. 6.
Jensema, Carl J.; And Others
In 1974, the Office of Demographic Studies, Gallaudet College, conducted a survey in which the teachers of 978 hearing-impaired students in special education programs across the United States rated the degree to which the speech of each student would be understood by the average person. These ratings were then analyzed for their relationships to other significant characteristics of the children in question. Among the findings were 1) that speech intelligibility does not improve with age, 2) that it declines as the severity of the hearing loss increases, 3) that higher speech intelligibility is generally related to greater degrees of hearing aid usage (which, however, is itself strongly related to degree of hearing loss), 4) that placement in a particlular type of educational program doesn't produce better intelligibility than placement in some other program type, 5) that black students are substantially less intelligible than students from other ethnic backgrounds, and that family income level is related to speech intelligibility. (Tables are provided for all study data). (DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gallaudet Coll., Washington, DC. Office of Demographic Studies.
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