Relationships Between Speech Intelligibility and Word Articulation Scores in Children With Hearing Loss

Ertmer, David J.
October 2010
Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research;Oct2010, Vol. 53 Issue 5, p1075
Academic Journal
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 variableswere significantly correlatedwith 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.


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