Word recognition testing seems pretty basic, yet many audiologists take shortcuts and use techniques based on habit and convenience rather than evidence. These methods may have a negative clinical impact. This article uses a Q & A format to explain how to follow best practices for word recognition testing, common pitfalls, and why it matters.
Course created on February 17, 2020
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- After this course, participants will be able to explain the role of word recognition testing in audiometric testing.
- After this course, participants will be able to list common pitfalls in the way word recognition testing is often conducted and their potential clinical impact (i.e., why those should be avoided).
- After this course, participants will be able to describe best practices in word recognition testing.
|0-45 Minutes||Role of word recognition in clinical audiology|
|45-75 Minutes||Shortcuts, pitfalls, and their clinical impact|
|75-120 Minutes||Best practices – lists, levels|
|120-150 Minutes||Best practices – presentation, techniques|
|150-180 Minutes||More examples, tips, and research|
H. Gustav Mueller
Dr. H. Gustav Mueller holds faculty positions with Vanderbilt University, the University of Northern Colorado and Rush University. He is a Contributing Editor for AudiologyOnline, a consultant for WS Audiology, and a consulting editor for Plural Publishing. Dr. Mueller is a Founder of the American Academy of Audiology and a Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association. He has published extensively in the areas of diagnostic audiology and hearing aid applications, and has co-authored ten books on hearing aids and hearing aid fitting, including the recent three-volume Modern Hearing Aids series, and the clinical handbook Speech Mapping and Probe Microphone Measures. Gus is the co-founder of the popular website www.earTunes.com, and resides on a North Dakota island, just outside of Bismarck.
Benjamin W.Y. Hornsby
Ben Hornsby is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Hornsby completed his undergraduate education at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee and obtained his Master’s and Ph.D in Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty as a teacher/scholar in 2002.
He has authored over 60 scholarly papers, including 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has presented his research extensively at national and international scientific meetings. His research has been funded by private companies and federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Dr. Hornsby holds membership in several professional organizations and has served as a Section Editor, guest editor and reviewer for multiple scholarly journals. In 2016 he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Dr. Hornsby directs the Hearing and Communication Research Laboratory at Vanderbilt. His lab uses qualitative, behavioral and physiologic methods to examine the communication difficulties of adults and children with hearing loss and the psychosocial consequences of those difficulties. His current research focuses on relationships between hearing loss-related communication difficulties, mental effort, and fatigue.
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