Hearing Aid Evaluation Category

The following items are categorized as “Hearing Aid Evaluation” tests. Click on the test name to learn more about the product.

This is not an exhaustive list. Other tests that could be used for hearing aid evaluation appear in Auditec’s catalog. Go to Auditec’s alphabetical price list to search for a specific test or email auditecinfo@auditec.com for further assistance.

QuickSIN

The QuickSIN is a speech in noise recording. It consists of sentences recorded in four-talker noise. There are twelve sets of sentences with six sentences in each set. Each set includes one sentence at each of the following signal-to-noise ratios: 25, 20, 15, 10, 5, and 0 dB. Every sentence has five key words that are scored as correct or incorrect. The lists are equivalent and provide a quick and accurate assessment of hearing aid performance.

The QuickSIN is modification of the SIN and, as the title suggests, is a shorter version of the SIN. It is appropriate for most adults. See BKB-SIN for a similar test for children.

The QuickSIN includes a) auditory test recording, and b) manual and score forms. The extensive manual contains information on administration, scoring, and interpretation. Normative data for adults is included. Available from Auditec, Inc. Call 1-800-669-9065 (from US) or 314-416-1050 (outside the US) to order. 

QuickSIN; Item CD106-9; Price $176.00 USD + S&H FREE shipping to contiguous US. 

 

BKB-SIN

The BKB-SIN test is a speech in noise test for children. It was developed for children (ages 5 and up), cochlear implant patients, and adults for whom the QuickSIN test is too difficult. Other uses include: demonstrating the benefits of amplification, predicting performance with hearing aids in loud, noisy environments, assessing directional microphone performance, estimating children’s performance for soft speech, and screening for auditory processing disorders in children.

The BKB-SIN uses 18 equivalent list pairs for estimating SNR loss. It features Bramford-Kowal-Bench sentences in four talker babble, uses easier sentences than the QuickSIN, and has norms for children, adults, and cochlear implant users. CD 1 (Standard BKB-SIN) has the target talker and background babble recorded on the same channel of the CD, at pre-recorded signal-to-noise ratios.  CD 2 (Split Track BKB-SIN) has the target talker and background babble recorded on separate channels of the CD.

The BKB-SIN includes a) audio recording (CD1 and CD2), and b) manual and score forms. The 27-page manual is comprised of administration, interpretation, and development. Normative data for ages 5 and up is included. Available from Auditec, Inc. Call 1-800-669-9065 (from US) or 314-416-1050 (outside the US) to order.

BKB SIN; Item No. CD112-9; Price $214.50 USD + S&H FREE shipping within the contiguous US

Rainbow Passage

The Rainbow Passage is used in hearing aid evaluation to determine most comfortable level-uncomfortable level (MCL-UCL.) This short passage discusses interesting facts about rainbows. It was spoken by a male talker with a general American accent.

The Rainbow Passage includes the auditory test recording only. This product does not include administration instructions or normative data. It is assumed that purchasers of Auditec’s products are well trained in their use, purpose, and interpretation. Available from Auditec, Inc.  Call 1-800-669-9065 (from US) or 314-416-1050 (outside the US) to order. FREE shipping within the contiguous US.

[Rainbow Passage; Item 214; Price $62.75 USD + S&H]

Paired Comparison Sentences

Paired Comparison Sentences consists of a series of sentences, repeated twice, for use as in a forced choice paradigm. These sentence pairs can be used to determine most and maximum comfort levels during hearing aid evaluation procedures. These sentences are not designed for word recognition measures.

Paired Comparison Sentences includes a) audio recording, and b) instructions and list. The one-page instructions have sections on format, procedure, and results. There is no normative data for this product because it is not used to measure against a normal population. Available from Auditec, Inc. Call 1-800-669-9065 (from US) or 314-416-1050 (outside the US) to order. FREE shipping to the contiguous US.

[Paired Comparison Sentences; Item 188; Price $59.50 USD + S&H]

[Basic Auditory Test CD with WIPI 2nd Edition Book; Item CD101W; Price $219.50 USD + S&H]

[Basic Auditory Test CD with WIPI 2nd Edition Recording (no book); Item CD101RW2; Price $139.75 USD + S&H]

*This test is available in Spanish on the Spanish Auditory Test CD.

Connected Discourse

Connected Discourse, also known as cold running speech, can be used to determine Most Comfortable Level-Uncomfortable Level (MCL-UCL). It is a single talker, male or female, reading text in a monotonic voice. The male talker is reading from “Dissertation on a Roast Pig” by Charles Lamb, the female from “On Walden Pond” by Henry David Thoreau.(Item No. 122 has both the male and female talkers recorded.)

Connected Discourse consists of the audio recording only.This product does not include administration instructions or normative data. It is assumed that purchasers of Auditec’s products are well trained in their use, purpose, and interpretation. Available from Auditec, Inc.  Call 1-800-669-9065 (from US) or 314-416-1050 (outside the US) to order. FREE shipping within the contiguous US.

Connected Discourse (Cold Running Speech); Item 122; Price $59.50 USD + S&H           

SIN

The Speech in Noise (SIN) test was developed to help determine how much a given hearing aid or pair of hearing aids helps an individual understand speech in a background of noise, compared to listening unaided or with other hearing aids. The test consists of a series of female-talker recordings of the IEEE (modified Harvard) sentences as the target speech, and four-talker babble (three women and one man) as the noise source. Five sentences are recorded at each of four signal-to-noise (S/N) ratios: 15 dB, 10 dB, 5 dB and 0 dB S/N, all at the 0 dB VU meter calibration level, followed by a similar series recorded at a signal level 30 dB lower than the calibration level (-30 dB re 0 VU).

Therefore, there are 20 sentences at each level for a total of 40 sentences (or 4 IEEE lists), all of which constitutes a block. There are nine blocks of the SIN test, so that nine comparisons can be made without repeating sentences.

*The Speech in Noise includes a) audio recording, and b) instructions and score forms as printable pdf files on CD-Rom. The instructions provide information on administration. Available from Auditec, Inc. Call 1-800-669-9065 (from US) or 314-416-1050 (outside the US) to order. 

Speech in Noise is Item No. CD102-9 and costs $50.00 USD + S&H FREE shipping within the contiguous US.

*The QuickSIN and BKB-SIN are considered more recent versions of this test. Although the more recent versions are preferred by most professionals, ghe SIN still proves to be useful to some audiologists.