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Title CENTRAL AUDITORY PROCESSING ASSESSMENT TESTS SSW IN EUROPEAN PORTUGUESE
Author Jorge Humberto Martins, António J. S. Teixeira, José M. N. Vieira
Journal Cadernos Otorrinolaringologia . CLÍNICA, INVESTIGAÇÃO E INOVAÇÃO
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Month March
Year 2012
DOI NA
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Group (before 2015) Signal Processing Laboratory, Transverse Activity on Innovative Biomedical Technologies
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The possibility of evaluating the Central auditory system it’s an improvement in the Audiology practice. With our work we provide for the European Portuguese Language the most used tool in international audiology in what we think to be a major contribution to the diagnostic disorders in the central audi- tory processing, either in children or adults. This work is di- vided in several parts: a summary of the anatomy and physiology, with an existing literature review on the theme and posterior creation of a version of the SSW test for Euro- pean Portuguese. For the creation of the test, a list was pro- duced in European Portuguese, the adaptation for children was evaluated, the list was recorded and a test was created and evaluated on the normal hearing population. The evalu- ation was carry out on a total of 89 subjects from 12 to 59 years old, 44 males and 45 females, and where 79 subjects were right handed and 10 subjects were left handed. The most important result is the production of the SSW test for the European Portuguese Language with the same character- istics of the original test from KATZ. Our work shows that the developed test does not present any statistical differences re- garding the gender or right or left handed. However it was found a statistic difference in the subjects’ test performance with academic background on the group 3 (12 to 59 years old). Subjects with an academic degree performed better than subjects without it. KEY-WORDS: Central auditory processing disorders, Stag- gered Spondaic Word Test, Audiology, Auditory processing