Perceptions of employability related to severity of hypernasality: A pilot study

Scott Tye, Megan Brette Hamilton, Marisha Speights Atkins, Aurora J. Weaver, K. W. Dillon, Mary J. Sandage*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The primary aim of this investigation was to evaluate listener auditory-perceptual assessment of employability for individuals with hypernasal speech. Using an online survey platform, listeners with managerial experience evaluated speech samples from individuals with varying hypernasal resonance disorder severity to determine auditory-perceptual judgements regarding intelligence and employability. Speech samples of individuals with hypernasal speech were rated lower on scales of intelligence and employability, and more likely to be selected for jobs with infrequent rates of communication and lower levels of responsibility. Additionally, males with hypernasal speech were perceived as less intelligent, less employable, and more likely to be selected for a job with infrequent communication in comparison to females with hypernasal speech. Results of this preliminary investigation suggest that individuals with hypernasal speech may face employment barriers. The conclusions collected from this initial investigation open the doors for further research addressing linguistic considerations and aspects of employability. This is an important consideration for individuals with either acquired or congenitally related hypernasal resonance disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Hypernasality
  • employability
  • intelligence
  • resonance disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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