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Int J Audiol. 2012 Aug;51(8):606-10. doi: 10.3109/14992027.2012.688144. Epub 2012 Jun 7.

Clinical evaluation of a computerized self-administered hearing test.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong. annakam@ent.cuhk.edu.hk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To establish the reliability and validity of a computerized self-administered hearing test.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional within a comparative study of subjects.

STUDY SAMPLE:

Subjects were 100 Chinese adults who attended the audiology clinic in a hospital for a hearing test.

RESULTS:

There was no significant difference in the thresholds of unmasked air-conduction hearing obtained with the computerized self-administered hearing test via a smartphone and those obtained with standard pure-tone audiometry. High test-retest reliability was observed with the self-administered hearing test (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.95), and was comparable with that observed in standard pure-tone audiometry (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.97). The thresholds of the self-administered hearing test measured in a sound-proof booth were not significantly different from those measured in a quiet office room.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results suggest that the computerized self-administered hearing test is a reliable and valid measure of unmasked air-conduction hearing thresholds.

PMID:
22676699
DOI:
10.3109/14992027.2012.688144
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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