Development and evaluation of the reliability of Persian version of double dichotic digit test in girls aged 7 to 11 years

  • Batool Shahmir Department of Audiology, School of Rehabilitation, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Fahimeh Hajiabolhassan Mail Department of Audiology, School of Rehabilitation, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Ghassem Mohammadkhani Department of Audiology, School of Rehabilitation, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Ali Akbar Tahaei Department of Audiology, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Shohreh Jalaie Biostatistics, School of Rehabilitation, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Keywords:
Double dichotic digit test, ear advantage, central auditory processing, children

Abstract

Background and Aim: The double dichotic digit test (DDT) is a simple test for assessing and screening auditory processing system. The purpose of this study was to develope a double DDT, in Persian language and find its basic norm values in girls aged 7 to 11 years.
Methods: The Persian version of double DDT is composed of 3 different 25 numerical lists. Numbers in each list were recorded dichotically. The present cross‐sectional study was performed on 200 girls aged 7 to 11 years. Test-retest reliability was assessed in 30 of the study subjects.
Results: The mean scores of the right and left ears in the free recall condition increased from 92.33 and 86 percent in 7 year olds to 99.75 and 98.16 percent in 11 year olds and in the directed condition from 95 and 88.80 percent in 7 year olds to 100 and 98.41 percent in 11 year olds. In the free recall condition the right ear advantage value decreased from 6.33 percent in 7 year olds to 1.58 percent in 11 year olds, respectively and in directed recall condition, decreased from 6.91 percent in 7 year olds to 1.59 percent in 11 year olds. The test has as high consistency reliability (p>0.05).
Conclusion: According to results of the present study, the Persian version of the double DDT has suitable reliability for assessing the central auditory processing system in 7 to 11 year old girls.

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Published
2015-10-04
How to Cite
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Shahmir B, Hajiabolhassan F, Mohammadkhani G, Tahaei AA, Jalaie S. Development and evaluation of the reliability of Persian version of double dichotic digit test in girls aged 7 to 11 years. Aud Vestib Res. 24(3):164-170.
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