Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School



Communication Sciences and Disorders

Program or Major

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Allan Smith

Second Advisor

Nicole Dobson


In an analysis of the speech perception evaluation tool, the Northwestern University – Children’s Perception of Speech test, the goal was to determine whether the foil words and the target word were phonemically balanced across each page of test Book A, as it corresponds to the target words presented in Test Form 1 and Test Form 2 independently. Based on vowel sounds alone, variation exists in the vowels that appear on a test page on the majority of pages. The corresponding formant frequencies, at all three resonance levels for both the average adult male speaker and the average adult female speaker, revealed that the target word could be easily distinguished from the foil words on the premise of percent differences calculated between the formants of the target vowel and the foil vowels. For the population of children with hearing impairments, especially those with limited or no access to the high frequencies, the NU-CHIPS evaluation tool may not be the best indicator of the child’s speech perception ability due to significant vowel variations.