Speech Science Applications for Practicing Clinicians and Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology Students The advent of widely available, free, and user-friendly speech analysis software in the late 1990s has made it possible to perform acoustic analyses in clinical and educational settings. However, despite the widespread availability and relative ease of use of speech analysis programs, some clinicians are reluctant to adopt hands-on acoustic ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2015
Speech Science Applications for Practicing Clinicians and Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology Students
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ferenc Bunta
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • Disclosures: Financial: Ferenc Bunta has no financial interests to disclose.
    Disclosures: Financial: Ferenc Bunta has no financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Portions of this material have been presented at the 2004 ASHA Convention, 2004 Southern California Conference on Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, 2003 International Symposium on Bilingualism, Arizona State University, and 2002 International Congress for the Study of Child Language and the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders
    Nonfinancial: Portions of this material have been presented at the 2004 ASHA Convention, 2004 Southern California Conference on Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, 2003 International Symposium on Bilingualism, Arizona State University, and 2002 International Congress for the Study of Child Language and the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders×
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Article   |   October 01, 2015
Speech Science Applications for Practicing Clinicians and Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology Students
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2015, Vol. 25, 81-93. doi:10.1044/ssod25.2.81
History: Received May 26, 2015 , Revised July 24, 2015 , Accepted July 31, 2015
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, October 2015, Vol. 25, 81-93. doi:10.1044/ssod25.2.81
History: Received May 26, 2015; Revised July 24, 2015; Accepted July 31, 2015

The advent of widely available, free, and user-friendly speech analysis software in the late 1990s has made it possible to perform acoustic analyses in clinical and educational settings. However, despite the widespread availability and relative ease of use of speech analysis programs, some clinicians are reluctant to adopt hands-on acoustic analyses into their practice. The purpose of the present paper is threefold: (1) to dispel the myth that speech science and acoustic analyses are difficult and only marginally useful for clinical practice, (2) to demonstrate the practical utility—even necessity—of acoustic analyses for practicing as well as future audiologists and speech-language pathologists, and (3) to briefly outline a highly interactive speech science course with integrated hands-on acoustic analyses. Today, more than ever before, a solid background in speech science and extensive experience with acoustic analyses is a necessary part of audiologists' and speech-language pathologists' education, because incorporating speech analyses can enhance clinical practice. Moreover, new technologies demand that clinicians understand the principles behind the programs they and their clients use.

Acknowledgments
I am eternally grateful to Michael Dorman who is my mentor and inspiration for teaching speech science and with whom we developed a highly interactive course that incorporates hands-on acoustic analyses. I am also thankful for the mentorship of David Ingram with whom we had multiple presentations and publications on using speech analyses for practicing clinicians.
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