Threshold Measurement Procedures in Brief-Tone Audiometry Two methods for determining brief-tone audiometric thresholds (at 1000 Hz) were investigated to assess the test-retest reliability and variability of each method. The results indicated that both methods (Bekesy-type tracking with either 1 or 2 dB/sec attenuation rates or the method of adjustment) yielded equivalent thresholds, variability, and reliability data. ... Research Article
Research Article  |   September 01, 1974
Threshold Measurement Procedures in Brief-Tone Audiometry
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Alan M. Richards
    Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York, Bronx, New York
  • Jan Dunn
    Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York, Bronx, New York
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Research Article   |   September 01, 1974
Threshold Measurement Procedures in Brief-Tone Audiometry
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1974, Vol. 17, 446-454. doi:10.1044/jshr.1703.446
History: Received July 31, 1973 , Accepted January 15, 1974
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1974, Vol. 17, 446-454. doi:10.1044/jshr.1703.446
History: Received July 31, 1973; Accepted January 15, 1974

Two methods for determining brief-tone audiometric thresholds (at 1000 Hz) were investigated to assess the test-retest reliability and variability of each method. The results indicated that both methods (Bekesy-type tracking with either 1 or 2 dB/sec attenuation rates or the method of adjustment) yielded equivalent thresholds, variability, and reliability data. However, practical considerations dictated that the 2 dB/sec rate was best suited for future clinical application. Individual temporal integration functions for 20 normal-hearing subjects were presented and discussed in relation to their variability and to functions produced by hearing-impaired listeners.

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