Department of Audiology Faculty Articles

Title

Clinical Applicability of Insert Earphones for Audiometry

ResearchID/ORCID ID

0000-0001-6770-4377

ISBN or ISSN

0105-0397

Volume

28

Issue

2

Publication Date / Copyright Date

1982

First Page

61

Last Page

70

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI Number

10.3109/00206098909081611

Abstract

Insert transducers for audiometry are available which may offer significant advantages over older 'standard' headphones. Clinicians have remained cautious in using such devices due to the paucity of experimental data demonstrating their comparability with more widely used devices. The purpose of this investigation was to compare and contrast pure-tone audiometric thresholds obtained using insert earphones with those measured utilizing conventional supra-aural transducers in normal and hearing-impaired subjects. A second purpose was to examine the differential effects on the hearing threshold level of two coupling systems for the insert device. There were no clinically significant differences among pure-tone thresholds measured with the three earphone/coupler arrangements for subjects with normal and impaired hearing. Advantages and limitations of insert earphones are discussed.

Disciplines

Communication Sciences and Disorders | Medicine and Health Sciences | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology

Keywords

audiometry, auditory threshold, insert earphones

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