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Danish reading span data from 283 hearing-aid users, including a sub-group analysis of their relationship to speech-in-noise performance
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Eriksholm Research Centre. (Technical audiology)
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 55, no 4, 254-261 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: This study provides descriptive statistics of the Danish reading span (RS) test for hearing-impaired adults. The combined effectof hearing loss, RS score, and age on speech-in-noise performance in different spatial settings was evaluated in a subset of participants.Design: Data from published and unpublished studies were re-analysed. Data regarding speech-in-noise performance with co-located orspatially separated sound sources were available for a subset of participants. Study sample: RS scores from 283 hearing-impairedparticipants were extracted from past studies, and 239 of these participants had completed a speech-in-noise test. Results: RS scores(mean¼41.91%, standard deviation¼11.29%) were related to age (p50.01), but not pure-tone average (PTA) (p¼0.29). Speech-in-noiseperformance for co-located sound sources was related to PTA and RS score (both p50.01, adjusted R-squared¼0.226). Performance forspatially separated sounds was related to PTA (p50.01, adjusted R-squared¼0.10) but not RS score (p¼0.484). We found no differencesbetween the standardized coefficients of the two regression models. Conclusions: The distribution of RS scores indicated a high testdifficulty. We found that age should be controlled when RS scores are compared across populations. The experimental setup of the speechin-noise test may influence the relationship between performance and RS score.

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Oxfordshire: Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 55, no 4, 254-261 p.
Keyword [en]
Reading span; working memory; hearing impairment; speech-in-noise; spatially distributed vs. co-located sound sources
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Health Sciences Otorhinolaryngology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132158DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2015.1125533PubMedID: 26836955OAI: diva2:1038589
Available from: 2016-10-19 Created: 2016-10-19 Last updated: 2016-10-27Bibliographically approved

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