This study was conducted to document test-retest reliability of hearing thresholds using our computer-automated tinnitus matching technique and Etymotic ER-4B Canal Phone™ insert earphones. The research design involved repeated threshold measurements both within and between sessions, and testing to evaluate the potential effect of eartip removal and reinsertion. Twenty normal-hearing subjects were evaluated over two testing sessions with the use of a fully automated protocol for determining thresholds with 1-dB precision. Thresholds were first obtained at 0.5-16.0 kHz, in one-third octave frequency steps (16 test frequencies). The octave frequencies were then retested, first without removing the eartips, then after eartip removal and replacement. Responses between sessions differed by an average of 2.5 dB across all 16 test frequencies, and 91.5 percent of the repeated thresholds varied within ±5 dB (98.1 percent within ±10 dB). Reliability of within-sessions thresholds was also good, and there was no effect of eartip removal and replacement.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2001|
- Auditory threshold
- Reliability of results
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