Subjective Vs. Objective Intelligibility of Sentences in Listeners With Hearing Loss The relation between rated intelligibility and correct key word repetitions of sentences was examined in listeners with normal hearing and listeners with hearing loss. Ten lists of 10 CID sentences were arranged in two randomly ordered groups. Listeners were asked to complete two tasks: (1) rate the intelligibility of 50 ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 2000
Subjective Vs. Objective Intelligibility of Sentences in Listeners With Hearing Loss
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kathleen M. Cienkowski
    University of Minnesota Minneapolis
  • Charles Speaks
    University of Minnesota Minneapolis
  • Contact author: Kathleen M. Cienkowski, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences, University of Connecticut, 850 Bolton Road, Box U-85, Storrs, CT 06269. Email: cienkows@uconnvm.uconn.edu
    Contact author: Kathleen M. Cienkowski, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences, University of Connecticut, 850 Bolton Road, Box U-85, Storrs, CT 06269. Email: cienkows@uconnvm.uconn.edu×
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: cienkows@uconnvm.uconn.edu
  • Currently affiliated with the University of Connecticut, Storrs
    Currently affiliated with the University of Connecticut, Storrs×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Hearing Disorders / Hearing / Research Articles
Research Article   |   October 01, 2000
Subjective Vs. Objective Intelligibility of Sentences in Listeners With Hearing Loss
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 2000, Vol. 43, 1205-1210. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4305.1205
History: Received September 26, 1999 , Accepted July 5, 2000
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 2000, Vol. 43, 1205-1210. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4305.1205
History: Received September 26, 1999; Accepted July 5, 2000

The relation between rated intelligibility and correct key word repetitions of sentences was examined in listeners with normal hearing and listeners with hearing loss. Ten lists of 10 CID sentences were arranged in two randomly ordered groups. Listeners were asked to complete two tasks: (1) rate the intelligibility of 50 sentences on a scale of 0 to 100%, and (2) repeat each of the 50 sentences, which were scored as the number of key words repeated correctly. Sentences were presented at five signal-to-noise ratios. The start level for sentence presentation was established using the method of adjustment and the Revised Speech Intelligibility Rating passages. Correlations of rated intelligibility and correct repetition were 0.85 for listeners with normal hearing and 0.86 for listeners with hearing loss. This study confirms the earlier work of Speaks, Parker, Harris, and Kuhl (1972), and the findings demonstrate that listeners with hearing loss preserve the ability to rate the intelligibility of speech.

Acknowledgments
We would like to thank Lynne Cole, Su-Hyun Jin, and Amy McKee for their assistance in data collection and Arlene E. Carney and two anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments on a previous draft of this manuscript. Portions of this manuscript were presented at the meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Seattle, WA, 1998. This work was supported by NIH-NINCD 001-DC 00110.
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