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American Academy of Audiology, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 2021

DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1719092

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Acceptable Noise Levels Determined by Traditional and Self-Assessed Methods

Journal article published in 2021 by Megan Barnett, Alisha L. Jones, Erin Westbrook
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Abstract Background Many apps have been developed for users to screen their hearing in their own home. The purpose of this study was to investigate the validity and efficiency of a self-assessed acceptable noise level (ANL) in comparison to the traditional ANL measurements. Research Design A within-subject repeated measures research design was utilized. Data Collection and Analysis Sixty-two adults with normal hearing were recruited from Auburn University and the surrounding community. ANLs were measured utilizing the traditional measurement as well as the self-assessed ANL via the Unitron uHear app. Results Within-subject repeated measures of variance revealed no significant differences between traditional ANL measurements and self-assessed ANL measurements. Significant differences were found for time required for testing in each condition, revealing self-assessed testing to be significantly faster. Conclusion The self-assessed ANL measurement via the Unitron uHear app is a valid and efficient measurement of ANL in adults with normal hearing.