Some effects of multiple sclerosis on speech perception in noise: Preliminary findings

M. Samantha Lewis, David J. Lilly, Michele Hutter, Dennis N. Bourdette, Julie Saunders, Stephen A. Fausti

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The present investigation examined speech perception in noise of adults with and without multiple sclerosis (MS). Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) sentences were presented at a constant level of 65 dBA L eq (equivalent continuous noise level [4 dB exchange rate]) from a loudspeaker located at 0-degree horizontal azimuth and 1.2 m from the study participant. Uncorrelated multitalker babble was presented from four loudspeakers positioned at 45-, 135-, 225-, and 315-degree azimuths and 1.7 m from the study participant. The starting presentation level for the babble was 55 dBA Leq. The level of the babble was increased systematically in 1 dB steps until the subject obtained 0% key words correct on the IEEE sentences. Results revealed a significant difference in speech perception between the two groups at nine signal-to-noise ratios. Some clinical implications of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-98
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006


  • Adults
  • Auditory function
  • Auditory processing
  • Hearing
  • IEEE sentences
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Multitalker babble
  • Noise
  • Signal-to-noise ratio
  • Speech perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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