The Beginners Intelligibility test was developed at Indiana University School of medicine and is used in the LOCHI study to assess speech intelligibility of young children with cochlear implants and hearing aids. During the test, each child is presented with ten sentences and asked to directly imitate the examiner. There is a pictorial image to match each sentence to assist the child when recalling and repeating the sentence. There are four sets of 10-sentence lists and each participant is presented with a different list each time they are assessed. The sentences are simple and are made up of words that are familiar to children.
The children’s responses are recorded on a video and an audio recorder. The recordings are used in analysis to increase understanding about the speech production ability of children.