Remote auditory assessment using Portable Automated Rapid Testing (PART) and participant-owned devices

E. Sebastian Lelo De Larrea-Mancera, Trevor Stavropoulos, Audrey Anna Carrillo, Sierra Cheung, Yue J. He, David A. Eddins, Michelle R. Molis, Frederick J. Gallun, Aaron R. Seitz

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Abstract

Remote testing of auditory function can be transformative to both basic research and hearing healthcare; however, historically, many obstacles have limited remote collection of reliable and valid auditory psychometric data. Here, we report performance on a battery of auditory processing tests using a remotely administered system, Portable Automatic Rapid Testing. We compare a previously reported dataset collected in a laboratory setting with the same measures using uncalibrated, participant-owned devices in remote settings (experiment 1, n = 40) remote with and without calibrated hardware (experiment 2, n = 36) and laboratory with and without calibrated hardware (experiment 3, n = 58). Results were well-matched across datasets and had similar reliability, but overall performance was slightly worse than published norms. Analyses of potential nuisance factors such as environmental noise, distraction, or lack of calibration failed to provide reliable evidence that these factors contributed to the observed variance in performance. These data indicate feasibility of remote testing of suprathreshold auditory processing using participants' own devices. Although the current investigation was limited to young participants without hearing difficulties, its outcomes demonstrate the potential for large-scale, remote hearing testing of more hearing-diverse populations both to advance basic science and to establish the clinical viability of auditory remote testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)807-819
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume152
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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