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Listening well: the string bean vs the speech banana

Enquiry At many conferences this year people have been talking about fruit and vegetables…yes the speech banana versus the string bean.Could you shed some light on what this means for access to sound and the audiogram. It would be really good to be able to explain to parents. .-

Reply: For years we have referred to the speech banana as that specific area on the audiogram which is the gold standard for where you need access to sound in order to develop spoken language. However this is simply not enough, particularly when it comes to accessing the soft speech that occurs ion quieter conversations or is overheard, often rich with language and social problem solving.

For those of you who would like to know more about the important area known as the string bean, here is a brilliant presentation from Hearing First. Drs. Jane Madell and Carol Flexer, notable paediatric audiology thought leaders, explain how the audiogram provides a visual picture of the speech information going through the doorway to the brain, and how the Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) goal should be to have speech occur at the top of the ‘stringbean’.To find out more watch this YouTube presentation

Checking for Audibility String bean vs Speech banana

String bean

Posted on December 11, 2018 13:37

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