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A method for measuring the intelligibility of uninterrupted, continuous speech

MacPherson, Alexandra; Akeroyd, Michael A.


Alexandra MacPherson


Speech-in-noise tests commonly use short, discrete sentences as representative samples of everyday speech. These tests cannot, however, fully represent the added demands of understanding ongoing, linguistically complex speech. Using a new monitoring method to measure the intelligibility of continuous speech and a standard trial-by-trial, speech-in-noise test the effects of target duration and linguistic complexity were examined. For a group of older hearing-impaired listeners, significantly higher speech reception thresholds were found for continuous, complex speech targets than for syntactically simple sentences. The results highlight the need to sample speech intelligibility in a variety of everyday speech-in-noise scenarios.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Mar 6, 2014
Publication Date 2014-03
Deposit Date Dec 13, 2018
Journal The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Print ISSN 0001-4966
Publisher Acoustical Society of America
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 135
Issue 3
Pages 1027-1030
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