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Title: A short form of the Speech, Spatial and Qualities of Hearing scale suitable for clinical use: The SSQ12
Contributor(s): Noble, William G  (author); Jensen, Niels Sogaard (author); Naylor, Graham (author); Bhullar, Navjot  (author)orcid ; Akeroyd, Michael A (author)
Publication Date: 2013
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2013.781278Open Access Link
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Abstract: Objective: To develop and evaluate a 12-item version of the Speech, Spatial and Qualities of Hearing scale for use in clinical research and rehabilitation settings, and provide a formula for converting scores between the full (SSQ49) and abbreviated (SSQ12) versions. Design: Items were selected independently at the three centres (Eriksholm Research Centre, MRC Institute of Hearing Research, University of New England) to be representative of the complete scale. A consensus was achieved after discussion. Study sample: The data set (n = 1220) used for a factor analysis (Akeroyd et al, submitted) was re-analysed to compare original SSQ scores (SSQ49) with scores on the short version (SSQ12). Results: A scatter-plot of SSQ12 scores against SSQ49 scores showed that SSQ12 score was about 0.6 of a scale point lower than the SSQ49 (0-10 scale) in the re-analysis of the Akeroyd et al data. SSQ12 scores lay on a slightly steeper slope than scores on the SSQ49. Conclusions: The SSQ12 provides similar results to SSQ49 in a large clinical research sample. The slightly lower average SSQ12 score and the slightly steeper slope reflect the composition of this short form relative to the SSQ49.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Audiology, 52(6), p. 409-412
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1499-2027
Field of Research (FOR): 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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