Comparison of the South African Spondaic and CID W-1 wordlists for measuring speech recognition threshold

South African Journal of Communication Disorders

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Title Comparison of the South African Spondaic and CID W-1 wordlists for measuring speech recognition threshold
Creator Hanekom, Tanya Soer, Maggi Pottas, Lidia
Subject Humanities; Audiology; Communication Pathology Speech Recognition Threshold (SRT); English second language (ESL), South Africa, South African Spondaic wordlist; CID W-1 wordlist; familiarity
Description Background: The home language of most audiologists in South Africa is either English or Afrikaans, whereas most South Africans speak an African language as their home language. The use of an English wordlist, the South African Spondaic (SAS) wordlist, which is familiar to the English Second Language (ESL) population, was developed by the author for testing the speech recognition threshold (SRT) of ESL speakers. Objectives: The aim of this study was to compare the pure-tone average (PTA)/SRT correlation results of ESL participants when using the SAS wordlist (list A) and the CID W-1 spondaic wordlist (list B – less familiar; list C – more familiar CID W-1 words). Method: A mixed-group correlational, quantitative design was adopted. PTA and SRT measurements were compared for lists A, B and C for 101 (197 ears) ESL participants with normal hearing or a minimal hearing loss (26 dBHL; mean age 33.3). Results: The Pearson correlation analysis revealed a strong PTA/SRT correlation when using list A (right 0.65; left 0.58) and list C (right 0.63; left 0.56). The use of list B revealed weak correlations (right 0.30; left 0.32). Paired sample t-tests indicated a statistically significantly stronger PTA/SRT correlation when list A was used, rather than list B or list C, at a 95% level of confidence. Conclusions: The use of the SAS wordlist yielded a stronger PTA/SRT correlation than the use of the CID W-1 wordlist, when performing SRT testing on South African ESL speakers with normal hearing, or minimal hearing loss (26 dBHL).
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2015-06-26
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Mixed experimental design, correlational
Format text/html application/octet-stream text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajcd.v62i1.97
Source South African Journal of Communication Disorders; Vol 62, No 1 (2015); 10 pages 2225-4765 0379-8046
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa — Language
Rights Copyright (c) 2015 Tanya Hanekom, Maggi Soer, Lidia Pottas