Articulatory Error Analysis in Kannada Speaking Children with Hearing Impairment: An Exploratory Study

Year : 2024 | Volume :14 | Issue : 01 | Page : 47-57
By

N. Sreedevi

Anusmitha Mathew

Reshma O.

  1. Professor All India Institute of Speech and Hearing Karnataka India
  2. Researcher All India Institute of Speech and Hearing Karnataka India
  3. Researcher All India Institute of Speech and Hearing Karnataka India

Abstract

Speech sound errors are common in children with hearing impairment even after extensive speech therapy. Studies investigating the articulatory characteristics of children using hearing aids are relatively less reported in Indian languages. This study examined the nature of speech sound errors in Kannada speaking children with hearing impairment in comparison with age matched normal hearing peers. A detailed articulatory analysis was carried out from recorded speech samples. Research comparing articulatory characteristics between children with hearing impairment and those with normal hearing reveals significant differences. Among children with hearing impairment, certain vowels such as /i/ and diphthongs like /i:/ and /e:/ are frequently misarticulated. Additionally, consonants including fricatives (/s/, /ʃ/), lateral (/ɭ/), and affricate (/ʤ/) are commonly mispronounced. The distribution of speech sound errors varies across word-initial and medial positions, with substitutions being the most prevalent error type observed. Furthermore, place errors tend to occur more frequently than manner and voicing errors. These findings underscore the unique articulatory challenges faced by children with hearing impairment, highlighting the importance of tailored interventions in speech therapy programs. Such error analysis of speech sounds, augments better understanding of speech of children with hearing impairment leading to effective intervention and better speech intelligibility.

Keywords: Hearing impairment, articulatory errors, digital hearing aids, consonant errors, vowel errors

[This article belongs to Research & Reviews: A Journal of Health Professions(rrjohp)]

How to cite this article: N. Sreedevi, Anusmitha Mathew, Reshma O.. Articulatory Error Analysis in Kannada Speaking Children with Hearing Impairment: An Exploratory Study. Research & Reviews: A Journal of Health Professions. 2024; 14(01):47-57.
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Volume 14
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Received March 11, 2024
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