Four dichotic speech tests before and after temporal lobectomy

Mary E. Collard, Ronald P. Lesser, Hans Luders, Dudley S. Dinner, Harold H. Morris, A. David Rothner, A. David Rothner

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Thirty patients were tested with four dichotic speech tests before and after temporal lobectomy for control of intractable seizures. Ipsilateral ear scores improved on all tests postoperatively; these improved scores reached statistical significance for the Staggered Spondaic Word Test and for consonant-vowel syllables. This result, combined with a nonsignificant decrease for contralateral ear scores, produced postoperative increase in the ipsilateral minus contralateral ear difference scores, similar to previous literature. Preoperative tests for a larger group of patients showed significantly poorer performance than for normal subjects, for all four tests. Total correct scores, used as a measure of overall auditory processing capacity, were impaired for these patients, but unchanged or slightly improved after surgery

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-369
Number of pages7
JournalEar and hearing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Speech and Hearing


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