The Validity and Reliability of the Auditory Localization Scale in the Turkish Population


ÇILDIR B.

Archives of Health Science and Research, vol.9, no.1, pp.32-37, 2022 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/archealthscires.2022.21060
  • Title of Journal : Archives of Health Science and Research
  • Page Numbers: pp.32-37
  • Keywords: Hearing loss, Localization, Reliability, Validity

Abstract

© 2022 Archives of Health Science and Research. All rights reserved.Objective: Our study aimed to make the Turkish version of the Auditory Localization Skills Questionnaire valid and reliable. Materials and Methods: This study included 140 individuals (70 male and 70 female) with normal hearing and 158 individuals (78 male and 80 female) with sensorineural hearing loss in both ears. The Auditory Localization Skills Questionnaire and the Speech, Spatial, and Qualities of Hearing Scale (SSQ) were sent to the participants by e-mail via Google Survey, and filled in. Internal consistency and reliability were evaluated with Cronbach's alpha. To determine the accuracy of the questionnaire findings, 20% of the participants were retested. In order to evaluate the reliability of the auditory localization skills questionnaire, a correlation was made with the SSQ. Results: Internal consistency, according to Cronbach's Alpha values of the Auditory Localization Skills Questionnaire, were found to be high, both for individuals with normal hearing (α = 93.4) and individuals with hearing loss (α = 91.8). The sub-scale scores of the auditory localization skills questionnaire were found to be lower (better) in individuals with normal hearing than in individuals with hearing loss. Conclusion: The Turkish version of the auditory localization skills questionnaire is a valid and reliable questionnaire that evaluates the psychological effects as well as the spatial effects of hearing in individuals with hearing loss and normal hearing.