Clinical evaluation of a computerized self-administered hearing test

Int J Audiol. 2012 Aug;51(8):606-10. doi: 10.3109/14992027.2012.688144. Epub 2012 Jun 7.


Objective: To establish the reliability and validity of a computerized self-administered hearing test.

Design: Cross-sectional within a comparative study of subjects.

Study sample: Subjects were 100 Chinese adults who attended the audiology clinic in a hospital for a hearing test.

Results: There was no significant difference in the thresholds of unmasked air-conduction hearing obtained with the computerized self-administered hearing test via a smartphone and those obtained with standard pure-tone audiometry. High test-retest reliability was observed with the self-administered hearing test (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.95), and was comparable with that observed in standard pure-tone audiometry (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.97). The thresholds of the self-administered hearing test measured in a sound-proof booth were not significantly different from those measured in a quiet office room.

Conclusions: The results suggest that the computerized self-administered hearing test is a reliable and valid measure of unmasked air-conduction hearing thresholds.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Audiometry, Pure-Tone*
  • Auditory Threshold
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diagnostic Self Evaluation*
  • Female
  • Hearing Loss / diagnosis*
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Young Adult