A pilot study of SPINE test scores and measures of tongue deviancy in speakers with severe-to-profound hearing loss

American Annals of the Deaf
D C WoldJ Dancer


Two developments show promise in the assessment and remediation of defective speech production in persons with hearing loss. A perceptual speech-intelligibility test, the SPINE (for Speech Intelligibility Evaluation), is a simple, clinician-administered instrument which is valid, reliable, and clinically efficient. In addition, the development of acoustic measures of tongue deviancy, computed from formant frequencies, makes possible a direct lateral visualization of tongue placement in relation to standard vowel placement. In this study, SPINE test scores of 28 persons with severe-to-profound hearing loss were correlated with two measures of tongue deviancy during production of the vowels /i/, /a/, and /u/. For both measures of tongue deviancy, correlations with the SPINE were significant for the three vowels combined and for the isolated vowel /i/. These findings suggest that clinicians may ultimately have two different but complementary means of assessing speech production in persons with hearing loss.


Apr 12, 2016·International Journal of Speech-language Pathology·Katerina Nicolaidis, Anna Sfakianaki

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