Estimating the Intelligibility of Speakers with Dysarthria
Department of Communicative Disorders and Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
(Impact Factor: 0.59).
02/2006; 58(3):217-28. DOI: 10.1159/000091735
Many speakers with dysarthria have reduced intelligibility, and improving intelligibility is often a primary intervention objective. Consequently, measurement of intelligibility provides important information that is useful for clinical decision-making. The present study compared two different measures of intelligibility obtained in audio-only and audio-visual modalities for 4 different speakers with dysarthria (2 with mild-moderate dysarthria; 2 with severe dysarthria) secondary to cerebral palsy. A total of 80 college-aged listeners provided word-by-word transcriptions and made percent estimates of intelligibility which served as dependent variables. Group results showed that transcription measures were higher than percent estimates of intelligibility overall. There was also an interaction between speakers and measures of intelligibility, indicating that the difference between transcription scores and percent estimates varied among individual speakers. Results revealed a significant main effect for presentation modality, with the audio-visual modality having slightly higher scores than the audio-only modality; however, presentation modality did not interact with speakers or with measures of intelligibility. Results suggest that standard clinical measurement of intelligibility using orthographic transcription may be more consistent than the use of more subjective percent estimates.
Data provided are for informational purposes only. Although carefully collected, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The impact factor represents a rough estimation of the journal's impact factor and does not reflect the actual current impact factor. Publisher conditions are provided by RoMEO. Differing provisions from the publisher's actual policy or licence agreement may be applicable.