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Test-retest evaluation of a notched-noise test using consumer-grade mobile audio equipment

HumanInsight Test-retest evaluation of a notched-noise test using consumer-grade mobile audio equipment

Int J Audiol. 2023 Jan 12:1-9. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2022.2161955. Online ahead of print.


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate whether consumer-grade mobile audio equipment can be reliably used as a platform for the notched-noise test, including when the test is conducted outside the laboratory.

DESIGN: Two studies were conducted: Study 1 was a notched-noise masking experiment with three different setups: in a psychoacoustic test booth with a standard laboratory PC; in a psychoacoustic test booth with a mobile device; and in a quiet office room with a mobile device. Study 2 employed the same task as Study 1, but compared circumaural headphones to insert earphones.

STUDY SAMPLE: Nine and ten young, normal-hearing participants completed studies 1 and 2, respectively.

RESULTS: The test-retest accuracy of the notched-noise test on the mobile implementation did not differ from that for the laboratory setup. A possible effect of the earphone design was identified in Study 1, which was corroborated by Study 2, where test-retest variability was smallest when comparing results from experiments conducted using identical acoustic transducers.

CONCLUSIONS: Results and test-retest repeatability comparable to standard laboratory settings for the notched-noise test can be obtained with mobile equipment outside the laboratory.

PMID:36633444 | DOI:10.1080/14992027.2022.2161955

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