Development and evaluation of the Turkish matrix sentence test

Zokoll M. A., FİDAN D., Turkyilmaz D., Hochmuth S., Ergenc I., SENNAROĞLU G., ...More

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AUDIOLOGY, vol.54, pp.51-61, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Objectives: The Turkish matrix sentence test, TURMatrix, was developed for precise, internationally comparable speech intelligibility testing. Design: The TURMatrix comprises a base matrix of ten well-known Turkish names, numbers, adjectives, objects, verbs, from which syntactically fixed sentences were randomly composed. Test conduction may be in an open-set (standard), or closed-set response format. Homogeneity in intelligibility of the test material was optimized by applying level adaptations (maximal +/- 3 dB) based on word-specific speech reception thresholds (SRTs). Test list equivalence was verified and reference values were determined. Study sample: Thirty-eight native listeners of Turkish with normal hearing. Results: After training, mean SRT and slope of the final test lists were - 8.3 +/- 0.2 dB SNR and 14.1 +/- 1.0%/dB, respectively (fixed SNR measurements; inter-list variability). For adaptive measurements, average across listeners was - 7.2 +/- 0.7 dB SNR in the open-set and - 7.9 +/- 0.7 dB SNR in the closed-set response format. Mean SRT for adaptive measurements in the open-set response format in quiet was 20.3 +/- 4.1 dB. Individual SRTs in quiet correlated more closely with audiograms than with SRTs in noise. Conclusions: The TURMatrix was developed according to European standards and provides reliable speech intelligibility measurements in noise and quiet.