Sixth International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications (MAVEBA 2009)

Florence, Italy
December 14-16, 2009

DIA: A Tool for Objective Intelligibility Assessment of Pathological Speech

C. Middag (1), J. P. Martens (1), G. Van Nuffelen (2), M. S. De Bodt (2)

(1) Department of Electronics and Information Systems, Ghent University, Belgium
(2) Antwerp University Hospital, University of Antwerp, Edegem, Belgium

Intelligibility is generally accepted to be a very relevant measure in the assessment of pathological speech. In clinical practice, intelligibility is measured using one of the many existing perceptual tests. These tests usually have the drawback that they employ unnatural speech material (e.g. nonsense words) and that they cannot fully exclude errors due to the listener's bias. This raises the need for an objective and automated tool to measure intelligibility. Here, we present the Dutch Intelligibility Assessment (DIA), an objective tool that aids the speech therapist in evaluating the intelligibility of persons with pathological speech. This tool will soon be made publicly available.

Index Terms. objective intelligibility assessment, pathological speech, speech therapy.

Full Paper (reprinted with permission from Firenze University Press)

Bibliographic reference.  Middag, C. / Martens, J. P. / Nuffelen, G. Van / Bodt, M. S. De (2009): "DIA: a tool for objective intelligibility assessment of pathological speech", In MAVEBA-2009, 165-167.