Even though pediatric hearing aid (HA) users listen most often to female talkers, clinically-used speech tests primarily consist of adult male talkers' speech. Potential effects of age and/or gender of the talker on speech perception of pediatric HA users were examined using two speech tests, hVd-vowel identification and CNC word recognition, and using speech materials spoken by four talker types (adult males, adult females, 10-12 year old girls, and 5-7 year old girls). For the nine pediatric HA users tested, word scores for the male talker's speech were higher than those for the female talkers, indicating that talker type can affect word recognition scores and that clinical tests may over-estimate everyday speech communication abilities of pediatric HA users.
Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine
Speech Perception; Hearing Tests
Davidson, Lisa S.
Robinson, Elizabeth J., "The effect of talker age and gender on speech perception of pediatric hearing aid users" (2011). Independent Studies and Capstones. Paper 635. Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine.