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Date Permissions Signed

5-13-2016

Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Evans, Kelli

Second Advisor

Peters, Kimberly

Third Advisor

Fraas, Michael

Abstract

Speaking “clearly” is a common strategy used to support auditory comprehension for people with hearing loss (Pichney, Durlach, & Braida, 1986). Recent preliminary research has also found that modifying speaking behaviors can facilitate comprehension for all people, not just those with hearing loss. This technique of using “clear speech” was shown to help people with language disorders following neurological impairment (aphasia) as well as the typical control adults. The aim of the present study was to further these findings by analyzing the benefits of using clear speech for people with neurological impairment and typical control peers in less than optimal listening environments (background noise). Although no significant differences were found in participant response accuracy or reaction time regardless of speaking style or listening environment, results of this study were limited by small participant numbers and simple stimuli that lead to observed ceiling effects.

Type

Text

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

950469023

Digital Format

application/pdf

Genre/Form

Academic theses

Language

English

Language Code

eng

Rights

Copying of this thesis in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this thesis for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

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