Masked high-frequency bone-conduction audiometry: test reliability.

J. C. McDermott, S. A. Fausti, J. A. Henry, R. H. Frey

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The present study examines the reliability of masked high-frequency bone-conduction threshold measurements in 95 normal-hearing subjects. High-frequency pure-tone air-and bone-conduction thresholds were measured with a dedicated laboratory high-frequency auditory evaluation system using matched, modified Koss Pro/4X Plus earphones, and the Pracitronic KH 70/5 bone vibrator. A 400-Hz wide band masking noise centered at the frequency of the test tone was used to mask the nontest ear. Monaural masked bone-conduction threshold measurements were obtained at the ipsilateral mastoid of the ear with better high-frequency hearing. Two measurements were performed in each session, and each subject participated in two sessions. In several comparisons for test-retest consistency, high-frequency bone-conduction threshold measurements were as repeatable as air-conduction thresholds of identical frequency, or bone-conduction thresholds for frequencies of 4 kHz and less. High-frequency bone-conduction threshold measurement appears to be a sufficiently reliable tool for diagnosis of auditory disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-104
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Audiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing


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