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ERIC Number: EJ909545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
Measuring the Effects of Reverberation and Noise on Sentence Intelligibility for Hearing-Impaired Listeners
George, Erwin L. J.; Goverts, S. Theo; Festen, Joost M.; Houtgast, Tammo
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v53 n6 p1429-1439 Dec 2010
Purpose: The Speech Transmission Index (STI; Houtgast, Steeneken, & Plomp, 1980; Steeneken & Houtgast, 1980) is commonly used to quantify the adverse effects of reverberation and stationary noise on speech intelligibility for normal-hearing listeners. Duquesnoy and Plomp (1980) showed that the STI can be applied for presbycusic listeners, relating speech reception thresholds (SRTs) in various reverberant conditions to a fixed, subject-dependent STI value. The current study aims at extending their results to a wider range of hearing-impaired listeners. Method: A reverberant analogue of the SRT is presented--the speech reception reverberation threshold (SRRT)--which determines the amount of reverberation that a listener can sustain to understand 50% of the presented sentences. SRTs are performed and evaluated in terms of STI for 5 normal-hearing participants and 36 randomly selected hearing-impaired participants. Results: Results show that differences in STI between reverberant and noisy conditions are only small, equivalent to a change in speech-to-noise ratio less than 1.3 dB. Conclusion: The STI appears to be a convenient, single number to quantify speech reception of hearing-impaired listeners in noise and/or reverberation, regardless of the nature of the hearing loss. In future research, the SRRT may be applied to further investigate the supposed importance of cognitive processing in reverberant listening conditions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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