Amblyaudia is a type of auditory processing deficit. It is due to a weakness in binaural integration. Binaural integration occurs when all information arriving at both ears is adequately coded by the central auditory system, whether the information is the same or different between the ears. When all features arriving at the two ears are preserved, integrated and coded by the auditory system, the listener will correctly perceive what has been heard. When features are not preserved, as in individuals with the binaural integration deficit of amblyaudia, the listener struggles to perceive the sounds that have been taken in. A binaural integration deficit is likely to be greatest when listening to unfamiliar material or during challenging listening situations as when background noise is present.
Binaural integration is assessed through dichotic listening tests. During dichotic listening, two different words are simultaneously presented to the two ears and the listener is asked to repeat both words. Weaknesses in binaural integration are shown by poor performance in both ears or by a large difference in performance between the two ears. A large difference in performance between the two ears is typically the result of weak performance in the listener's non-dominant ear which in most (but not all) listeners is the left ear.
Auditory Rehabilitation for Interaural Asymmetry (ARIA) is a training program developed to treat amblyaudia. The approach is similar to training methods used for amblyopia in the visual system and motor deficits through constraint-induced therapies. It involves repetitive auditory training with dichotic material during which systematic adjustments are made to the relative intensity of material presented to the two ears. The goal of ARIA is to achieve more symmetrical performance in both ears during dichotic listening, a sign of normal binaural integration of auditory information.
Our windows desktop software enables you to assess for amblyaudia.
The Dichotic Words Test (DWT) was developed by Dr. Deborah Moncrieff for use in binaural integration assessment. The test has four lists of 25-word pairs that can be used for assessing amblyaudia. The sound file for the DWT is integrated into the software for immediate use.
The Randomized Dichotic Digits Test (RDDT) was developed by Dr Richard Wilson at the Mountain Home VA Hospital. The test has 54 presentations of one, two or three digit pairs that can be used to assess binaural integration. The sound file for the RDDT is integrated into the software for immediate use.
All stimulus lists from the DWT and RDDT are integrated into the software so that the clinician can select a test list and use the computer mouse to score the listener’s responses.
This software was developed for use by certified audiologists. For information about its use by audiologists and others, read more details here.
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Each license can be utilized on one computer only and is not transferable between computers. Sites that will be running evaluations and training in more than one location will need to purchase multiple licenses. In the unlikely event of a computer failure, you will need to purchase a new license.