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Katz, Jack||Williams, J. David||Shearer, William M.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Speech


Staggered Spondaic Word Test; Hearing


Twenty young normal listeners, with a mean age of twenty, and twenty elderly listeners, with a mean age of sixty-nine and no marked deviation in auditory sensitivity or discrimination, were administered a competing message test. This “distorted speech" technique incorporated partially overlapping spondaic words and is known as the Staggered Spondaic Word (SSW) test. The old age group had far more incorrect responses compared to the control group. Differences were most divergent in the competing conditions. The subjects seventy years of age or above differed significantly from the subjects below seventy years of age on the SSW test. It appears that the total SSW score and/or the particular response pattern of an individual might reflect qualitative differences which may eventually provide further insight concerning the locus and extent of central nervous system degeneration. Thus, these results tend to confirm the hypothesis upon which this test is based. Nevertheless, the results indicate that the SSW test is not completely free of peripheral factors.


Includes bibliographical references.


vi, 32 pages




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