Speech-in-Noise Tests for Multilingual Hearing Screening and Diagnostics1 PurposeNew complementary multilingual speech-in-noise tests in Russian, Turkish, and Spanish for hearing self-screening purposes and follow-up hearing diagnostics are compared to the speech tests of the European project, HearCom (Hearing in the Communication Society).MethodThe tests consist of spoken numbers (Digit Triplet Test; Smits, Kapteyn, & Houtgast, 2004) or sentences (Matrix ... Research Forum
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Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Melanie A. Zokoll
    Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
  • Sabine Hochmuth
    Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
  • Anna Warzybok
    Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
  • Kirsten C. Wagener
    Centre of Excellence “Hearing4all”, Oldenburg, Germany
  • Michael Buschermöhle
    Centre of Excellence “Hearing4all”, Oldenburg, Germany
  • Birger Kollmeier
    Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
  • Correspondence to Melanie Zokoll-van der Laan: melanie.zokoll@uni-oldenburg.de
  • Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor: Larry Humes×
  • © American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Early Identification & Intervention / Research Forum
Research Forum   |   June 2013
Speech-in-Noise Tests for Multilingual Hearing Screening and Diagnostics1
American Journal of Audiology, June 2013, Vol. 22, 175-178. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2013/12-0061)
History: Received November 2, 2012 , Accepted March 4, 2013
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2013, Vol. 22, 175-178. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2013/12-0061)
History: Received November 2, 2012; Accepted March 4, 2013
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PurposeNew complementary multilingual speech-in-noise tests in Russian, Turkish, and Spanish for hearing self-screening purposes and follow-up hearing diagnostics are compared to the speech tests of the European project, HearCom (Hearing in the Communication Society).

MethodThe tests consist of spoken numbers (Digit Triplet Test; Smits, Kapteyn, & Houtgast, 2004) or sentences (Matrix Test; e.g., Hagerman, 1982) presented in a background noise and estimate the speech reception threshold, which is the signal-to-noise ratio that yields 50% speech intelligibility. All tests were developed according to the HearCom minimum quality standards for speech intelligibility tests. This report presents a cross-language comparison of reference speech intelligibility functions for monaural headphone measurements with normal-hearing listeners. The same model function was employed to describe the speech intelligibility functions for all of the tests.

ResultsReference speech intelligibility functions of the new versions of the Digit Triplet Test and Matrix Test show high comparability to the HearCom tests. In order to achieve the highest possible comparability across languages, language- and speaker-dependent factors in speech intelligibility should be compensated for.

ConclusionTo date, several complementary tests for screening and diagnostics have been developed in several languages. Adhering to the HearCom standards, the tests are highly comparable across languages. For the Matrix Test, equal syntax and linguistic complexity were maintained across languages due to common methodological standards.

Acknowledgments
This work was supported by the EFRE-project HurDig. The contributions to the test arsenal extension of the scientists of the following partner sites are gratefully acknowledged: Germany, University of Oldenburg, Institute of Slavonic studies; Spain, Clínica Barajas; and Turkey, Ankara University, Department of Linguistics.
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