Speech Reception in the Presence of Classroom Noise Three hundred children from five to 12 years of age were required to discriminate simple, familiar, monosyllabic words under two conditions: 1) quiet, and 2) in the presence of background classroom noise. Of the sample, 45.3% made errors in speech discrimination in the presence of background classroom noise. The effect ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 1979
Speech Reception in the Presence of Classroom Noise
 
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  • Veronica Smyth is the Senior Tutor in Audiology in the Department of Speech and Hearing. Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Austraila, 4067. Requests for reprints may be sent there.
    Veronica Smyth is the Senior Tutor in Audiology in the Department of Speech and Hearing. Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Austraila, 4067. Requests for reprints may be sent there.×
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Research Article   |   October 01, 1979
Speech Reception in the Presence of Classroom Noise
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1979, Vol. 10, 221-230. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1004.221
History: Received October 15, 1977 , Accepted August 14, 1978
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1979, Vol. 10, 221-230. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1004.221
History: Received October 15, 1977; Accepted August 14, 1978

Three hundred children from five to 12 years of age were required to discriminate simple, familiar, monosyllabic words under two conditions: 1) quiet, and 2) in the presence of background classroom noise. Of the sample, 45.3% made errors in speech discrimination in the presence of background classroom noise. The effect was most marked in children younger than seven years six months. The results are discussed considering the signal-to-noise ratio and the possible effects of unwanted classroom noise on learning processes.

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