The effect of hearing loss on the intelligibility of synthetic speech
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Wolters, M., Campbell, P., DePlacido, C., Liddell, A. & Owens, D. (2007) The effect of hearing loss on the intelligibility of synthetic speech, Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of the ICPhS, pp. 673-676.
Many factors affect the intelligibility of synthetic speech. One aspect that has been severely neglected in past work is hearing loss. In this study, we investigate whether pure-tone audiometry thresholds across a wide range of frequencies (0.25-20kHz) are correlated with participants' performance on a simple task that involves accurately recalling and processing reminders. Participants' scores correlate not only with thresholds in the frequency ranges commonly associated with speech, but also with extended high-frequency thresholds.