Basic Auditory Tests Version V

The Basic Auditory Tests Version V includes several popular test recordings at an INCREDIBLE PRICE! Version V includes:

The NU-6, W-22, and PBK word lists are recorded on the left track, and the competing noise is on the right. This versatile recording can be administered for masking, speech in noise, or words in quiet. With a dual-channel audiometer, the administrator can set their own signal-to-noise ratio by mixing the left and right channels. They can access the left channel only to administer the word lists in quiet.

The Basic Auditory Tests Version V includes a) audio recording and b) printed word lists. This product does not include instructions, normative data, or pictures. It is assumed that purchasers of Auditec’s auditory tests are well trained in the use, purpose, and interpretation of basic tests. Available from Auditec, Inc. Call 1-800-669-9065 (from US) or 314-416-1050 (outside the US) to order. FREE shipping to contiguous US locations.

Basic Auditory Tests Version V; Item CD101R5; Price $106.00 & S&H*
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Speech Discrimination for Children

For speech discrimination testing in adults, audiologists often choose either the W-22 or NU-6. If they want to shorten the testing time, they will use a list that is ordered by difficulty or a short interval recording. However, the choice between word recognition tests becomes more complicated when it comes to children because there are several to choose from. I am often asked: Which test is best? There is not one clear answer because the best test depends on the age range of your patients.

If your patients’ age range is 12 and older, you can confidently administer the adult word lists such as the W-22 Form A or NU-6 Form A. Depending on the vocabulary of the child, you may choose to administer these lists to kids a little younger than 12. The administrator must start the recording, then the patient simply repeats the word he or she hears it on the recording.

The PBK-50 Form A word list was designed for lower grade school age children. The PBK is similar to the W-22 or NU-6 word list except the vocabulary is more appropriate for this younger age group. Again, the patient simply repeats the word as he or she hears on the recording.

WIPI 2

The Word Intelligibility by Picture Identification (WIPI) fits a lower age range of 5 to 8 year olds. This test makes use of a picture book (sample at left). The child listens to the recording, then points to the pictured representation of the word as he or she hears it. There are six choices on each page. Aside from being easier for younger children, it is also beneficial for the test administrator to see the selection by using picture-pointing since the child may be difficult to understand.

image005The Northwestern University-Children’s Perception of Speech (NU-CHIPS) test reaches an even younger age range. Ages 2-5 can also be tested by administering this picture-pointing test. As you can see from the pictures at right, there are less choices for the younger child to select from as they listen to the recording.

The test an audiologist administers to a child should be appropriate for his or her age group (or language age). If the test is too easy or too hard, the test results may not show his or her true ability to discriminate speech. Therefore, it may be necessary to purchase one or more tests for your patients depending on the patient age range. You have been entrusted to evaluate the hearing of these amazing kids so it is up to you to utilize the best and most appropriate tests available.

Audiology Equipment Advice

Occasionally, Auditec receives questions about purchasing audiology equipment. Does Auditec sell equipment? What CD player should I buy? Will your CDs work with my audiometer? What equipment do you recommend? fb VU Meter Info web page Auditec does not sell any equipment and does not endorse any brand. This affords us the opportunity to offer some unbiased advice on buying equipment.

To start, consider how your equipment can satisfy your specific needs. Ask yourself some questions to evaluate your needs. How much physical space do I have for my equipment? What is my budget? Will I need portable equipment? What is the age range of my patients?

Auditec compact discs play in all CD players and everywhere else you can play standard audio CDs (like computers). CD players sound pretty much the same no matter how expensive they are so you can save a few dollars by purchasing a relatively inexpensive CD player. Since CDs can degrade when you leave them in the player, we do not recommend buying a multi-disc changer. If you may need to test in other locations, you may consider purchasing a portable CD player. (This article was edited on March 23, 2017 to include recent research by Jennifer M. Brace and Robert W. Keith.) Recent research has concluded normal listeners tested using the mp3 audio files of speech discrimination tests produce the same valid results as when tested using the wav audio files on compact discs.

There are a variety of audiometers on the market. Regardless of what brand you choose, make sure you purchase a two-channel audiometer. Even some of the most basic Auditec recordings have different information recorded to the left and right channels. For instance, a word list may be recorded to the left channel while noise is recorded to the right. If you want to use the word list in quiet, you could use your left channel only. If you want to mix it with noise, you would use your left and right channels. Be sure your equipment is set up properly from the very start. If possible, spend some time getting to know your audiometer dealer and hold onto his or her contact information in case you have questions in the future.

Some of the best audiologists are not skilled in technology use. If that’s you, make sure the audiometer you select is easy to operate. Some audiometers come with speech already loaded on them. Unfortunately, we have heard some horror stories about the quality and clarity of these pre-loaded recordings. Make certain that your audiometer does not limit your test selection so that you can improve, expand, and update your test library in the future.

If you plan to accept pediatric patients, it may be useful to have a computer in the testing room. Some tests for young children (like NU-CHIPs) include pictures as pdf files so patients can view the pictures on their computers. Some Auditec customers have reported that the use of a computer engages children better than the use of a book. However, convenience or a lack of space may cause you to prefer simply purchase a classic NU-CHIPs picture book or use the picture CD-Rom to print the pictures and put them in a three-ring binder.

Ultimately, the evaluation of your specific needs and preferences should shape your decisions about the best audiology equipment for you. Whether you are just starting out or considering a change, Auditec wishes you the very best luck as you shop for audiology equipment that is appropriate and easy to use.

NU-6 Time Compressed 30% & 60%

The NU-6 Time Compressed Words (30% & 60%) is an auditory processing disorder test in the category of monaural low redundancy. That is, the speech stimuli have been accelerated, but without a shift in pitch. For this product, the all four lists of NU-6 Form A words have been compressed at 30% and 60%.

The NU-6 Time Compressed Words (30% & 60%) includes a) audio recording, and b) word list. This product does not include instructions. The normative data provided with the NU-6 Time Compressed was based on the W-22 Time Compressed. It is for ages 11 and up. It is assumed that purchasers of Auditec’s products are well trained in their use, purpose, and interpretation. Available from Auditec, Inc. Call 1-800-669-9065 (from US) or 314-416-1050 (outside the US) to order. FREE shipping to contiguous US locations.

NU-6 Time Compressed Words (30% & 60%); Item 129; Price $82.25 USD + S&H*
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⇒If age-specific normative data is needed for young children, consider purchasing the Time Compressed Sentence Test instead.

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NU-6 Ordered by Difficulty Version II

The NU-6 Ordered by Difficulty Version II allows the audiologist to reduce the time of testing in cases where the patient has essentially normal word recognition ability.  It is the result of recent research on our original recording by Raymond Hurley and Janet Sells. This is a recording of a male talker.

The lists are ordered from the most difficult to the easiest.  With normal listeners the test can often be terminated after the first 10 words.  This is not a half list; however, there is a provision for termination of the test after 25 words in addition to after the first 10 words. The administration time will vary from 4-21 minutes depending on how well the patient performs.

The NU-6 Ordered by Difficulty Version II includes a) audio recording, and b) instructions and list. The one-page instructions include method, scoring, and interpretation. Normative data is included, but it is not age specific. Available from Auditec, Inc Call 1-800-669-9065 (from US) or 314-416-1050 (outside the US) to order. FREE shipping to contiguous US. 

NU-6 Ordered by Difficulty Version II; Item 211; Price $84.50 USD + S&H*
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*INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: Online ordering does not include shipping and handling charges. Please email auditecinfo@auditec.com with your test selections along with your state or country for an exact quote. If you use online ordering, you will be invoiced later for the shipping charges.

This test is also available on the following product:

⇒What is the difference between the NU-6 Ordered by Difficulty Version I and the NU-6 Ordered by Difficulty Version II? The NU-6 Ordered by Difficulty Version I consists of 7 lists of 25 words each. The examiner can either terminate the test after the first 10 words or complete all 25 words in the list. This does not include instructions. The NU-6 Ordered by Difficulty Version II is based on later research. It consists of 4 lists of 50 words each. The examiner can either terminate the test after the first 10 or after 25 words or complete all 50 words in the list. It includes instructions.

⇒Do you have SRT and speech discrimination lists in other languages? Auditec offers SRT and speech discrimination lists in over fifteen languages. Premium versions include half lists.

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NU-6

The Northwestern University Auditory Test Number Six (NU-6) Form A (Lists 1-4) is a phonetically balanced word recognition test that employs CNC words. The male talker has a General American dialect. The articulation function is approximately 4% /dB. There are four lists of 50 words each (200 words total). The NU-6 administration time is 10-19 minutes.

The NU-6 Form A (Lists 1-4) includes a) audio recording and b) printed word list. This product does not include instructions or normative data. It is assumed that purchasers of Auditec’s auditory tests are well trained in the use, purpose, and interpretation of basic tests. Available from Auditec, Inc.Call 1-800-669-9065 (from US) or 314-416-1050 (outside the US) to order. FREE shipping within the contiguous US.

NU-6, Form A Lists 1-4; Item 107; Price $59.50 USD + S&H*
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⇒What is the difference between Forms A, B, C, and D and which one should I choose?  The NU-6 lists have been recorded in four randomizations called “forms” to prevent memorization. For instance, NU-6 Form A includes all four lists of 50 words for a total of 200 words. NU-6 Form B includes the same 200 words in a different sequence. The same is true of NU-6 Forms C and D. The NU-6 Form A (the standard word list) is usually sufficient unless you plan to retest the same patient using the NU-6 word list.

⇒Do you have speech discrimination lists in other languages? Auditec offers speech discrimination lists like the NU-6 in over fifteen languages.

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