[AUDITORY] National Hearing Test ("Watson, Charles S." )

Subject: [AUDITORY] National Hearing Test
From:    "Watson, Charles S."  <watson@xxxxxxxx>
Date:    Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:13:17 +0000

Dear Colleagues, This may sound like a commercial message, but it is not. Please read on be= cause it is a request for your help in what we believe to be a worthwhile p= roject. Although few US hearing scientists or clinicians appear to be aware of it, = a reliable and valid telephone screening test for hearing impairment was in= troduced by Cas Smits and his co-workers in the Netherlands in 2004. Since= that time telephone tests modeled on that first one have been introduced a= nd are in use in most European countries, the UK, and Australia. This past= month we launched a US version and would appreciate the help of the List i= n raising the awareness of hearing scientists and clinicians of it. We wil= l not take up a lot of space with detailed descriptions of the test and its= validation, but just give a quick overview and some references where the d= etails can be found. If you are very busy, please at least take a quick lo= ok at the test website, www.nationalhearingtest.org .=20 This test, like all the other telephone-administered national hearing tests= , consist of a series of spoken three-digit sequences, presented in a noise= background. The sequences are presented with a one-up, one-down tracking = procedure. The SNR on which the track converges is strongly correlated wit= h average pure-tone thresholds (and significantly with tones at specific fr= equencies up to 8KHz) and more strongly with tests of masked speech, such a= s the WIN, administered in audiology clinics. After both ears are tested, = the caller is told that each ear is either, "within normal limits", "below = (worse than) normal limits" or "marginal." Two validation studies, one at = Indiana University and the other at three clinics operated by the US Depart= ment of Veterans Affairs have shown this test to be a valid basis for advis= ing callers whose performance is worse than normal, or marginal, to seek a = full evaluation by a licensed or certified audiologist. =20 Development and validation of the test was done in a collaborative project = between Indiana University, VU University Medical Center of Amsterdam, and = Communication Disorders Technology, Inc. (a university spin-off company in = Bloomington, IN.), with support from NIH/NIDCD. =20 There is a charge of $8 for the test, which covers the costs of putting it = up on a toll-free telephone line, providing the computer services to run th= e test and conduct follow-up to both determine how many of those who fail a= ctually comply with the advice to seek a complete evaluation and to continu= e contacting those persons to encourage them to seek services they may need= . A first grant from NIH/NIDCD supported the development of the test and a= second grant is underwriting the costs of providing the test for a two yea= r period, after which it will either have become self-supporting or will be= terminated. =20 The test is now operating on a nonprofit basis, under the terms of the NIH = grant, and a non-profit corporation (501C3) will be set up to continue it i= f there is enough demand during the two-year grant period. It was decided = that this national test would not have any connections with commercial enti= ties that provide devices or services to treat hearing impairment. What we would like (U.S.) members of the List to do is visit the National H= earing Test website: www.nationalhearingtest.org and decide whether you be= lieve that such a test ought to be available in the U.S. There are some 16= -20 million hearing impaired persons in the U.S. who have never had a heari= ng test. The potential value of the telephone test is that it might convin= ce a significant proportion of those who would benefit from services to see= k them. We say all this at length in Watson et al., JAAA, 2012. The grant= to support the launch of this national test provides only enough funding f= or a few newspaper ads and radio spots. Thus your help could be extremely = important if you told your students, colleagues, and audiologist friends ab= out it, and possibly even wrote a note to your local newspaper. =20 Thanks for reading this, and please forgive us if you feel that this is an = abuse of our privileges to use the List. We pondered that question at leng= th and decided that establishing a non-profit National Hearing Test is legi= timate auditory news.=20 Best regards, Chuck Watson, Jim Miller, Gary Kidd, Cas Smits, and Larry Humes=20 References Watson, C. S., Kidd, G. R., Miller, J. D., Smits, C., & Humes, L. E. (2012= ). Telephone screening tests for functionally impaired hearing: Current use= in seven countries and development of a US version. Journal of the America= n Academy of Audiology, 23, 757-767. =20 Smits, C., & Houtgast, T. (2005). Results from the Dutch speech-in-noise sc= reening test by telephone. Ear & Hearing, 26, 89-95. =20 Smits, C., Kapteyn, T. S., & Houtgast, T. (2004). Development and validati= on of an automatic speech-in-noise screening test by telephone. Internation= al Journal of Audiology, 43, 1-15.=20 -----Original Message----- From: AUDITORY - Research in Auditory Perception [mailto:AUDITORY@xxxxxxxx= ill.ca] On Behalf Of AUDITORY automatic digest system Sent: Saturday, October 26, 2013 12:01 AM To: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxx Subject: AUDITORY Digest - 24 Oct 2013 to 25 Oct 2013 (#2013-252) There is 1 message totalling 115 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. And one preference test for starting the week ! ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:55:05 +0300 From: Gilles Degottex <gilles.degottex@xxxxxxxx> Subject: Re: And one preference test for starting the week ! --047d7b450a42d9536d04e979a0a9 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3DISO-8859-1 Last call ! If you didn't do it yet, I would be very glade if you would take 10min for = the test below. Thank you very much for your time, Gilles P.S. Advice: Never send a call for participation for a listening test on Mo= nday ... very bad idea ... On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM, Gilles Degottex <gilles.degottex@xxxxxxxx>wrote: > Hi everybody, > > I would be glade if you have 7.5min to give me your preferences about=20 > the following sounds: > http://gillesdegottex.eu/Test2013pdvps > > Please, forward it as much as you want. > > Thank you very much for your time, > Best, > Gilles Degottex > -- > FORTH - ICS > Vasilika Vouton, P.O. Box 1385 > GR 71110 Heraklion, Crete, Greece > Mobile: +30 6942 207403 > Check out COVAREP - A co-operative voice analysis repository for=20 > speech > technologies: > Website: http://covarep.github.io/covarep > > -- FORTH - ICS Vasilika Vouton, P.O. Box 1385 GR 71110 Heraklion, Crete, Greece Mobile: +30 6942 207403 --047d7b450a42d9536d04e979a0a9 Content-Type: text/html; charset=3DISO-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable <div dir=3D3D"ltr">Last call !<div><br></div><div>If you didn&#39;t do it y= et=3D , I would be very glade if you would take 10min for the test below.<b= r><div=3D ><br></div><div>Thank you very much for your=20 >time,</div><div>Gilles</div><d=3D iv> P.S. 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Box 1385<br> GR 71110 Heraklion, = Crete, Greece<br> Mobile: <a href=3D3D"tel:%2B30%206942%20207403" value=3D3D"+306942207403" t= arge=3D t=3D3D"_blank">+30 6942 207403</a><div>Check out COVAREP - A co-operative v= oi=3D ce analysis repository for speech technologies:<br><div>Website:=3DA0= <a href=3D =3D3D"http://covarep.github.io/covarep/" target=3D3D"_blank">htt= p://covarep.git=3D hub.io/covarep</a></div> </div><div><br></div></div></font></span></div><font face=3D3D"arial, sans-= se=3D rif"> </font></div> </blockquote></div><br><br clear=3D3D"all"><div><= br></div>-- <br><div dir=3D3D"=3D ltr">FORTH - ICS<br>Vasilika Vouton, P.O.= Box 1385<br>GR 71110 Heraklion, C=3D rete, Greece<br>Mobile: +30 6942 2074= 03<br></div> </div></div></div></div> --047d7b450a42d9536d04e979a0a9-- ------------------------------ End of AUDITORY Digest - 24 Oct 2013 to 25 Oct 2013 (#2013-252) ***************************************************************

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