Threshold Inaccuracies in an Elderly Clinical Population Ear Canal Collapse as a Possible Cause Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1983
Threshold Inaccuracies in an Elderly Clinical Population
 
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  • Loren J. Randolph
    Idaho State University, Pocatello
  • Ronald L. Schow
    Idaho State University, Pocatello
  • 1 Loren Randolph is presently affiliated with the University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
    Loren Randolph is presently affiliated with the University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.×
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1983
Threshold Inaccuracies in an Elderly Clinical Population
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1983, Vol. 26, 54-58. doi:10.1044/jshr.2601.54
History: Received April 23, 1981 , Accepted January 13, 1982
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1983, Vol. 26, 54-58. doi:10.1044/jshr.2601.54
History: Received April 23, 1981; Accepted January 13, 1982

In a sample of 80 persons in the 60–79-year age range, threshold shifts suggestive of collapsible car canals were found in over one third of the subjects. A very conservative interpretation of the data suggests that at least 10–16% of these 60–79-year old elderly subjects have collapsible, ear canals. Neither sex nor age was related significantly to prevalence. Results of this study indicate in testing elderly persons there are threshold inaccuracies, relating possibly to collapsible ear canals, which, if not taken into account, may cause unacceptably large errors in both clinical and research applications.

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