Speech Understanding in Noise Test Viable for Adult Hearing Screening The Speech Understanding in Noise test is fast, repeatable, easy to use, self-explanatory and specific to the impairment, and remains robust in ambient noise. Researchers say the SUN test may be a viable approach for adult hearing screening in clinical and nonclinical settings. Researchers sought to develop a novel speech-in-noise ... Research in Brief
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Speech Understanding in Noise Test Viable for Adult Hearing Screening
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Research in Brief   |   September 01, 2013
Speech Understanding in Noise Test Viable for Adult Hearing Screening
The ASHA Leader, September 2013, Vol. 18, 38. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB1.18092013.38
The ASHA Leader, September 2013, Vol. 18, 38. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB1.18092013.38
The Speech Understanding in Noise test is fast, repeatable, easy to use, self-explanatory and specific to the impairment, and remains robust in ambient noise. Researchers say the SUN test may be a viable approach for adult hearing screening in clinical and nonclinical settings.
Researchers sought to develop a novel speech-in-noise test for adult hearing screening that is fast, automated and easy to use to identify difficulties in speech communication.
The SUN test consists of a short list of intervocalic consonants in noise presented on a touch screen, in a forced-choice paradigm. Test time was less than one minute for each ear, and test-retest reliability was very good. The test showed good agreement with conventional clinical measures (for example, pure-tone testing, speech-in-noise testing and self-reported hearing handicap). The test’s sensitivity and specificity to identify disabling hearing impairment were 84 percent and 75 percent, respectively. Testers obtained the same results in low and high ambient noise.
The SUN test was developed and evaluated in an overall population of more than 6,000 participants. It is available in English, French, German and Italian, and development continues for Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin versions.
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