First Advisor

James F. Maurer

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech with Major emphasis in Audiology and Speech Pathology


Speech Communication




Short-term memory, Lipreading, Older deaf people



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1 online resource (55 p.)


The relationship between visual short term memory (as measured by the Memory for Designs Test) and speechreading ability (as measured by the Barley Speechreading Test) was investigated in a sample of twenty-seven hearing impaired geriatrics. Correlation analysis verified a statistically significant relationship between Memory for Designs Test scores and Barley Speechreading Test scores. Partial correlation revealed the relationship between speechreading scores and short term memory scores was rot influenced significantly by variance in chronological age or speech discrimination ability. Memory for Designs Test scores were shown to be accurate predictors of scores achieved on the Barley Speechreading Test.

Results of this study suggest that development of different approaches (for evaluating speechreading ability of geriatrics) could prove more informative and useful than the speechreading tests currently in use. For example, development of a speechreading test, composed of several subtests (such as visual short term memory) which would evaluate specific factors related to speechreading ability, would optimize both clinical


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