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Int J Audiol. 2011 Jan;50(1):59-62. doi: 10.3109/14992027.2010.526637. Epub 2010 Nov 4.

Reference sound pressure level for Korean speech audiometry.

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Division of Speech Pathology & Audiology, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to examine the reference sound pressure level (RSPL) for Korean speech audiometry which was defined as the reference speech recognition threshold level (RSRTL) equivalent to 0 dB HL at the audiometer.

STUDY SAMPLE:

Subjects consisted of 20 adults (40 ears) with normal hearing sensitivity.

DESIGN:

Puretone thresholds (PTs) were obtained in 2 dB steps at each octave band. The newly developed Korean bisyllabic words were used to establish the speech recognition thresholds (SRTs). The SRT was the level at 50% correct responses based on the psychometric function performed from -8 dB HL (12 dB SPL) up to the level at or above 90% correct responses in 2 dB steps. RESULTS CONCLUSIONS: The mean SRT was 23.44 dB SPL for sets comprised of 36 Korean bisyllabic words. Thus, the difference between English and Korean RSRTLs was about 3.44 dB. We recommend further study to recalculate the RSRTL for Korean speech audiometry with more subjects.

PMID:
21047297
DOI:
10.3109/14992027.2010.526637
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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