University of Edinburgh

Audiology Refresher 3

Presented in February, 2004

Evaluation of hearing aids

Tests of hearing for speech

  • Ling sounds
  • McCormick toy test
  • Word lists
  • Sentences

Feedback questionnaires

  • Listening inventories for education (LIFE-UK)
  • Listening situations questionnaire (LSQ)
  • Parents' (Teachers') Evaluation of Aural/oral performance of children (PEACH/TEACH)
  • Children's home inventory of listening difficulties (CHILD)
  • Meaningful auditory integration scale (MAIS and IT-MAIS)


  • 1998 Dave Canning version (Hear 2 Learn).
  • Completed by child (with ToD help) aged 7+ years.
  • Scores calculated by ToD across 8 listening conditions.
  • Analysis of scores is done according to the type of exchanges that take place.
    • Teacher-child exchanges
    • Child-child exchanges
    • In noise or quiet
    • With or without lipreading
  • Scored on 5 point scale ranging from 'always easy' to 'always difficult'.
  • Summary of scores passed on to health colleagues at hearing aid review appointments.


  • Designed by MRC Institute of Hearing Research (Grimshaw 1998)
  • Involves 10 listening situations which research showed to be the most important for hearing impaired child.
  • Administered by ToD, completed by parents of children aged 7+ years.
  • Identifies how important a listening situation is, how often it occurs and how much difficulty an individual has with hearing in this situation.
  • Scored on 4 point scale from 'very important' to 'not at all important'; 'very often' to 'hardly ever'; 'a great deal' to 'none at all' depending on situation.
  • Overall scores over 100 need further investigation re hearing aid provision.
  • Difficulty scores of over 22 need consideration of listening situations in which child experiences difficulties and examination of hearing aid provision.


  • Designed to collect parents' and teachers' observations on hearing aid acceptance and whether the child is optimising their aided hearing, as reflected in their aural functioning in real life.
  • PEACH recommended for children under 7 years of age.
  • ToD records parents' responses on a 5 point scale ranging from 'never' to 'always'.
  • Four different areas of hearing aid provision are examined
    1. USE of hearing aids (problems or discomfort)
    2. Listening to speech in QUIET
    3. Listening to speech in NOISE
    4. Recognition/alertness to ENVIRONMENTAL sounds.


  • Identifies how easy it is for a child to hear and understand in 15 different situations within the home environment.
  • Completed by parent and/or child (ages 7+ years)
  • Parent and child ratings can be compared.
  • Scored on 8 point scale from 'great' to 'huh?'

Bone conduction VRA
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