Two reasons not to bring your children to cocktail parties

  title={Two reasons not to bring your children to cocktail parties},
  author={Susan Nittrouer and Melanie Wilhelmsen and Kathy L. Shapley and K C Bodily and Tom Creutz},
Two kinds of noise can affect speech perception at cocktail parties: others’ speech (sloping spectrum) and the environment (level spectrum). Recognition scores for phonetically balanced monosyllabic words in level noise at five SNRs for adults and children (4 to 8 years) were collected, and compared to those of Nittrouer and Boothroyd for speech‐shaped noise [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 87, 2705–2715 (1990)]. All listeners showed similar effects of level noise, and children’s results matched those for… CONTINUE READING


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