5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Speech Perception and Spoken Language in Children with Impaired Hearing

Peter Blamey (1), Julia Sarant (2), Tanya Serry (2), Roger Wales (1), Christopher James (1), Johanna Barry (1), Graeme M. Clark (1), M. Wright (3), R. Tooher (3), C. Psarros (3), G. Godwin (3), M. Rennie (3), T. Meskin (3)

(1) The University of Melbourne, Australia
(2) Bionic Ear Institute, Australia
(3) Children's Cochlear Implant Centre, Australia

Fifty seven children with impaired hearing aged 4-12 years were evaluated with speech perception and language measures as the first stage of a longitudinal study. The Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (CELF) and Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) were used to evaluate the children's spoken language. Regression analyses indicated that scores on both tests were significantly correlated with chronological age, but delayed relative to children with normal hearing. Performance increased at 45% of the rate expected for children with normal hearing for the CELF, and 62% for the PPVT. Perception scores were not significantly correlated with chronological age, but were highly correlated with results on the PPVT and CELF. The data suggest a complex relationship whereby hearing impairment reduces speech perception, which slows language development, which has a further adverse effect on speech perception.

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Bibliographic reference.  Blamey, Peter / Sarant, Julia / Serry, Tanya / Wales, Roger / James, Christopher / Barry, Johanna / Clark, Graeme M. / Wright, M. / Tooher, R. / Psarros, C. / Godwin, G. / Rennie, M. / Meskin, T. (1998): "Speech perception and spoken language in children with impaired hearing", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0248.