ERIC Number: EJ1101010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reevaluation of the Amsterdam Inventory for Auditory Disability and Handicap Using Item Response Theory
Hospers, J. Mirjam Boeschen; Smits, Niels; Smits, Cas; Stam, Mariska; Terwee, Caroline B.; Kramer, Sophia E.
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v59 n2 p373-383 Apr 2016
Purpose: We reevaluated the psychometric properties of the Amsterdam Inventory for Auditory Disability and Handicap (AIADH; Kramer, Kapteyn, Festen, & Tobi, 1995) using item response theory. Item response theory describes item functioning along an ability continuum. Method: Cross-sectional data from 2,352 adults with and without hearing impairment, ages 18-70 years, were analyzed. They completed the AIADH in the web-based prospective cohort study "Netherlands Longitudinal Study on Hearing." A graded response model was fitted to the AIADH data. Category response curves, item information curves, and the standard error as a function of self-reported hearing ability were plotted. Results: The graded response model showed a good fit. Item information curves were most reliable for adults who reported having hearing disability and less reliable for adults with normal hearing. The standard error plot showed that self-reported hearing ability is most reliably measured for adults reporting mild up to moderate hearing disability. Conclusions: This is one of the few item response theory studies on audiological self-reports. All AIADH items could be hierarchically placed on the self-reported hearing ability continuum, meaning they measure the same construct. This provides a promising basis for developing a clinically useful computerized adaptive test, where item selection adapts to the hearing ability of individuals, resulting in efficient assessment of hearing disability.
Descriptors: Psychometrics, Auditory Perception, Disabilities, Item Response Theory, Adults, Hearing Impairments, Longitudinal Studies, Goodness of Fit, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands