ERIC Number: EJ909081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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Relationships between Speech Intelligibility and Word Articulation Scores in Children with Hearing Loss
Ertmer, David J.
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v53 n5 p1075-1086 Oct 2010
Purpose: This investigation sought to determine whether scores from a commonly used word-based articulation test are closely associated with speech intelligibility in children with hearing loss. If the scores are closely related, articulation testing results might be used to estimate intelligibility. If not, the importance of direct assessment of intelligibility is reinforced. Method: Forty-four children with hearing losses produced words from the Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation-Second Edition (Goldman & Fristoe, 2000) and sets of 10 short sentences. Correlation analyses were conducted between scores for 7 word-based predictor variables and percent-intelligible scores derived from listener judgments of stimulus sentences. Results: Six of 7 predictor variables were significantly correlated with percent-intelligible scores. However, regression analysis revealed that no single predictor variable or multivariable model accounted for more than 25% of the variability in intelligibility scores. Conclusions: The findings confirm the importance of assessing connected speech intelligibility directly.
Descriptors: Sentences, Articulation (Speech), Performance Based Assessment, Speech Tests, Hearing Impairments, Predictor Variables, Regression (Statistics), Children, Evaluation Methods
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