The purpose of this study was to determine the test-retest reliability of digitally recorded word recognition materials. Word recognition testing is included in a complete audiological evaluation to measure an individual's ability to discriminate what they hear. A phonetically balanced list of 50 monosyllabic words was presented to each participant at four different sensation levels (SL) using the American Speech Language Hearing Association recommended protocol for word recognition score testing. Each participant took a 10 minute break before the test was readministered. Participants included 40 subjects with varying levels of hearing loss, from normal hearing to severe hearing loss. The test and retest scores of all participants were analyzed to estimate the test-retest reliability to be .65 at 10 dB SL, .87 at 20 dB SL, .88 at 30 dB SL, and .95 at 40 dB SL. It was concluded that the word lists have strong test-retest reliability at 20, 30, and 40 dB SL and that the reliability increases as the presentation level increases.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Communication Disorders
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Grange, Meghan Elizabeth, "Test-retest Reliability in Word Recognition Testing in Subjects with Varying Levels of Hearing Loss" (2013). All Theses and Dissertations. 3480.
word recognition score, speech audiometry, WRS, speech discrimination, test-retest reliability, digitally recorded materials