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Relations between psychophysical measures of spatial hearing and self-reported spatial- hearing abilities
Academic Medical Center, NL-Amsterdam.
University of Southampton, UK-Southampton.
Hörzentrum Oldenburg GmbH, D- Oldenburg.
VU Medical Center, NL- Amsterdam .
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2015 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 54, no 3, 182-189 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: The aim of the present study was to investigate how well the virtual psychophysical measures of spatial hearing from the preliminary auditory profile predict self-reported spatial-hearing abilities. Design: Virtual spatial-hearings tests (conducted unaided, via headphones) and a questionnaire were administered in five centres in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK. Correlations and stepwise linear regression models were calculated among a group of hearing-impaired listeners. Study sample: Thirty normal-hearing listeners aged 19–39 years, and 72 hearing-impaired listeners aged 22–91 years with a broad range of hearing losses, including asymmetrical and mixed hearing losses. Results: Several significant correlations (between 0.24 and 0.54) were found between results of virtual psychophysical spatial-hearing tests and self-reported localization abilities. Stepwise linear regression analyses showed that the minimum audible angle (MAA) test was a significant predictor for self-reported localization abilities (5% extra explained variance), and the spatial speech reception threshold (SRT) benefit test for self-reported listening to speech in spatial situations (6% extra explained variance). Conclusions: The MAA test and spatial SRT benefit test are indicative measures of everyday binaural functioning. The binaural SRT benefit test was not found to predict self-reported spatial-hearing abilities. Read More:

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Informa Healthcare, 2015. Vol. 54, no 3, 182-189 p.
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Spatial hearing, hearing impaired, clinical tests, multi-centre study, audiological diagnosis, auditory profile
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-115140DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2014.953216ISI: 000350644400005PubMedID: 25491328OAI: diva2:793957
EU, European Research Council
Available from: 2015-03-09 Created: 2015-03-09 Last updated: 2016-04-24

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