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Methodological considerations in employing the continuous discourse tracking procedure with hearing-impaired adults

L. le Roux, R. W. Turton
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 37, No 1 | a290 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v37i1.290 | © 2019 L. le Roux, R. W. Turton | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 1990

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L. le Roux, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
R. W. Turton, Department of Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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This article addresses the various methodological issues involved in the use the Continuous Discourse Tracking(CDT) procedure as a test instrument for evaluating communication efficiency in hearing-impaired adults. An overview of the potentially confounding variables associated with the CDT technique is provided and consideration is given to the reliability of this procedure with reference to areas requiring systematic investigation. It is proposed that the adoption of an alternative paradigm as well as interdisciplinary approach to test construction may facilitate a multi-dimensional perspective to the assessment of speechreading and communicative ability in the hearing-impaired population.


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