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o Issue N# 4 - 2002 o

AUDIOLOGY

Speech intelligibility in background noise: a simple audiometric test.


Authors : P. Garin, C. Galle (Mont-Godinne)

Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2002;123,4:219-224.

Article published in french
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Summary : We propose a new audiometric test to assess French speakers' speech discrimination in noise. This soundfield test uses a standard cocktail-party background noise superimposed on Fournier's disyllabic word lists. The background noise is CD-recorded at constant 55dB SPL. The discrimination score is measured at a signal-to-noise ratio of -5dB, 0, and +5dB. In comparison with other audiometric tests in noise, our test requires only 5 minutes and is simple for both patient and audiologist. All patients are tested using the same standard condition, one that approaches daily life and uses a noise of moderate intensity. The result is reproducible and easy to calculate and graph. We propose this test for diagnosing in-noise speech intelligibility disorders and for assisting the process of conventional or implantable hearing-aid fitting.


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