TITLE

The Development of the Text Reception Threshold Test: A Visual Analogue of the Speech Reception Threshold Test

AUTHOR(S)
Zekveld, Adriana A.; George, Erwin L. J.; Kramer, Sophia E.; Goverts, S. Theo; Houtgast, Tammo
PUB. DATE
June 2007
SOURCE
Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research;Jun2007, Vol. 50 Issue 3, p576
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Purpose: In this study, the authors aimed to develop a visual analogue of the widely used Speech Reception Threshold (SRT; R. Plomp & A. M. Mimpen, 1979b) test. The Text Reception Threshold (TRT) test, in which visually presented sentences are masked by a bar pattern, enables the quantification of modality-aspecific variance in speech-in-noise comprehension to obtain more insight into interindividual differences in this ability. Method: Using an adaptive procedure similar to the SRT test, the TRT test determines the percentage of unmasked text needed to read 50% of sentences correctly. SRTs in stationary noise (SRTSTAT), modulated noise (SRTMOD), and TRTs were determined for 34 participants with normal hearing, aged 19 to 78 years. Results: The results indicate that about 30% of the variance in SRTSTAT and SRTMOD is shared with variance in TRT, which reflects the shared involvement of a modalityaspecific cognitive or linguistic ability in forming meaningful wholes of fragments of sentences. Conclusion: The TRT test, a visual analogue of the SRT test, has been developed to measure the variance in speech-in-noise comprehension associated with modality-aspecific cognitive skills. In future research, normative data of the TRT test should be developed. It would also be interesting to measure TRTs of individuals experiencing difficulties understanding speech.
ACCESSION #
25268893

 

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