Measurements of speech intelligibility in common rooms for older adults as a first step towards acoustical guidelines

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Abstract

Adapting the built environment to the needs of nursing- or care-home residents has become common practice. Even though hearing loss due to ageing is a normal occurring biological process, little research has been performed on the effects of room acoustic parameters on the speech intelligibility for older adults. This article presents the results of room acoustic measurements in common rooms for older adults and the effect on speech intelligibility. Perceived speech intelligibility amongst the users of the rooms was also investigated. The results have led to ongoing research at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and Eindhoven University of Technology, aimed at the development of acoustical guidelines for elderly care facilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssistive Technology: Building Bridges
Place of Publications.l.
PublisherIOS Press
Pages415-422
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781614995654
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event13th Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe Conference (AAATE 2015) - Budapest Congress Centre, Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 9 Sep 201512 Sep 2015
Conference number: 13
http://www.aaate2015.eu/

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume217
ISSN (Print)09269630
ISSN (Electronic)18798365

Conference

Conference13th Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe Conference (AAATE 2015)
Abbreviated titleAAATE 2015
CountryHungary
CityBudapest
Period9/09/1512/09/15
Other“Attracting New Areas and Building Bridges”
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Keywords

  • hearing loss
  • presbyacusis
  • Room acoustics
  • social interaction
  • speech intelligibility
  • well-being

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Reinten, J., Van Hout, N. H. A. M., Hak, C. C. J. M. H., & Kort, H. S. M. (2015). Measurements of speech intelligibility in common rooms for older adults as a first step towards acoustical guidelines. In Assistive Technology: Building Bridges (pp. 415-422). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 217). s.l.: IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-566-1-415