MTS Test Scores and Communication Self-Evaluation in Spoken Language Environments of Deaf Adult Hearing Aid Users
Monosyllable, Trochee, Spondee (MTS) Test Scores and Communication Self-Evaluation Scores in Spoken Language Environments of Deaf Adult Hearing Aid Users Word recognition (WR) testing is commonplace in audiologic assessments. The goal of WR testing is to determine how well an individual can understand and repeat words when speech is presented at an audible level. However, traditional WR tests of this nature do not appropriately assess deaf hearing aid users' WR ability, as they tend to score in the "very poor" category. At the Gallaudet University Hearing and Speech Clinic, the Monosyllable, Trochee, Spondee (MTS) test is used to gather more useful information about a deaf individual's WR ability. This study aims to discover if there is a correlation between a participant's MTS test score and a participant's perception of success in a spoken language environment. The target population for this research project is adult hearing aid users who require the use of a 6-select speech recognition threshold (SRT) or a speech awareness threshold (SAT) during an audiologic assessment. If the participant meets these criteria, he/she will complete a survey evaluating their perceived success in a spoken language environment. This research may assist audiologists in understanding how to appropriately interpret MTS test scores, as there are no normative data available for the adult population.