Research Article  |   June 2011
Computerized Administration and Scoring of the Dichotic Nonsense Syllable Test
Author Notes
  • Correspondence to Conrad Lundeen: clundeen@wvu.edu
  • Editor: Sheila Pratt
    Editor: Sheila Pratt×
  • Associate Editor: Brad Rakerd
    Associate Editor: Brad Rakerd×
Speech, Voice & Prosody
Research Article   |   June 2011
Computerized Administration and Scoring of the Dichotic Nonsense Syllable Test
American Journal of Audiology June 2011, Vol.20, 3-8. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2011/10-0024)
History: Accepted 02 Mar 2011 , Received 01 Jul 2010 , Revised 12 Nov 2010
American Journal of Audiology June 2011, Vol.20, 3-8. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2011/10-0024)
History: Accepted 02 Mar 2011 , Received 01 Jul 2010 , Revised 12 Nov 2010

Purpose: A user-friendly computer program was designed to administer the dichotic nonsense syllable test (DNST). Computer automation makes it easier for listeners to perform the response task appropriately and for audiologists to administer and accurately score the test.

Method: The program presents test stimuli in a user-controlled, self-paced sequence; provides an easy-to-use client interface to collect listener responses; verifies that appropriate responses are recorded before proceeding with the test; scores responses automatically; and stores the information in an electronic format that is easy to analyze and archive.

Results: The automated DNST protocol is described. Verification tests confirm the accuracy of stimulus sequencing, response recording, and test scoring.

Conclusions: Computer automation makes administering the DNST easier, ensures the accuracy of test scoring, and simplifies the analysis and archiving of results. These refinements may make the DNST more useful to clinicians. Further research is required to establish normative data for this version of the DNST.

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