2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Speech Reception Thresholds: Monitored Live Voice vs Recorded Stimuli
Sara M. Barnes* and Sarah J. Speck
Dr. Paula Cochran, Faculty Mentor

A person’s speech reception threshold (SRT) is the lowest volume at which they can accurately identify a word at least 50% of the time. This measure is important during audiological evaluations because it demonstrates a person’s performance with real speech stimuli. It is a standard part of a complete hearing evaluation. Technology has made it possible to administer SRT’s in various ways when people have hearing evaluations. The purpose of this study was to compare responses to monitored live voice vs. recorded speech stimuli when establishing speech reception thresholds. In the present study, SRT’s were obtained using both types of stimuli for 40 young adults with normal hearing. Results for both types of stimuli were compared to determine whether one had an advantage over the other for participants. There was a statistically significant difference in performance in favor of live monitored speech. Results will be presented in more detail and implications will be discussed.

Keywords: hearing, audiology, speech reception, technology

Topic(s):Communication Disorders

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 4-4
Location: VH 1010
Time: 9:00

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