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Spectral-temporally modulated ripple test Lite for computeRless Measurement (SLRM)

A Nonlinguistic Test for Audiology Clinics

Landsberger, David M.1; Stupak, Natalia1; Aronoff, Justin M.2

doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000704
Brief Reports

Objectives: Many clinics are faced with the difficulty of evaluating performance in patients who speak a language for which there are no validated tests. It would be desirable to have a nonlinguistic method of evaluating these patients. Spectral ripple tests are nonlinguistic and highly correlated with speech identification performance. However, they are generally not amenable to clinical environments as they typically require the use of computers which are often not found in clinic sound booths. In this study, we evaluate the Spectral-temporally Modulated Ripple Test (SMRT) Lite for computeRless Measurement (SLRM), which is a new variant of the adaptive SMRT that can be implemented via a CD player.

Design: SMRT and SLRM were measured for 10 normal hearing and 10 cochlear implant participants.

Results: Performance on the two tests was highly correlated (r = 0.97).

Conclusions: The results suggest that SLRM can be used interchangeably with SMRT but can be implemented without a computer.

1Department of Otolaryngology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA

2Speech and Hearing Science Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA.

Received October 5, 2018; accepted December 20, 2018.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: David M. Landsberger, Department of Otolaryngology, New York University School of Medicine, 550 1st Avenue, STE NBV 5E5, New York, NY 10016, USA. E-mail:

Online date: March 11, 2019

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