Inter-list equivalency and reliability of the Persian randomized dichotic digits test

  • Jafar Aghazadeh Department of Audiology, School of Rehabilitation, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Mohammad Ebrahim Mahdavi Mail Department of Audiology, School of Rehabilitation, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran AND Department of Audiology, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Ali Akbar Tahaei Department of Audiology, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran Iran
  • Seyyed Mehdi Tabatabaee Department of Basic Sciences in Rehabilitation, School of Rehabilitation, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Keywords:
Randomized dichotic digits test, Persian, list equivalency, reliability

Abstract

Background and Aim: Dichotic listening evaluation is one of the most common behavioral procedures for assessing the cerebral dominance of language and is considered as the main component of the auditory processing test battery in children and adults. The randomized dichotic digits test (RDDT) has two lists of randomly distributed one-, two-, and three-digit items. This research was performed for studying the inter-list equivalency and test-retest reliability of Persian RDDT.
Methods: Persian RDDT was administered at 50 dBHL on 62 right-handed individuals (equal sex ratio) with normal hearing sensitivity in the age range of 12-45 years. The interval between the test sessions was 30 days and each session had two test rounds with an interval of 20 minutes. In each session, list 1 of the Persian RDDT was performed for the first round and list 2 performed for the second round.
Results: Results demonstrated that mean right and left ear score and ear advantage of Persian RDDT list 1 and list 2 had no statistically significant difference (right ear p=0.25, left ear p=0.56, ear advantage: p=0.6). Intra-class correlation coefficient of scores in the first and the third test rounds (list 1) for the right and left ears were 0.71 and 0.68, and for the second and the fourth test rounds (list 2) were 0.69 and 0.80, respectively.
Conclusion: Based on the results of this study, it would seem that the two lists of Persian RDDT are equivalent and the mean scores have good to excellent test-retest reliability.

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Published
2015-10-04
How to Cite
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Aghazadeh J, Mahdavi ME, Tahaei AA, Tabatabaee SM. Inter-list equivalency and reliability of the Persian randomized dichotic digits test. Aud Vestib Res. 24(2):71-79.
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