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January 1931

THE STATUS OF TESTS OF HEARING: WITH A REPORT OF A SPEECH INTERPRETATION TEST

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch Otolaryngol. 1931;13(1):47-51. doi:10.1001/archotol.1931.03660010057004
Abstract

The tangle in which tests of hearing have been now shows signs of being unraveled. Single pitch tests with tuning forks have evolved with some otologists into a veritable perimetry of hearing, that is, the testing of this sense across a continuous hearing range or in octave steps. Those who know the audiometers recognize in them the ultimate hope of exactitude and ease in really testing hearing. Their present shortcoming, outside the matter of expense, is their lack of an adequate method of testing bone conduction. Until this need is filled, it seems certain that aurists cannot abandon forks and thus be deprived of the information obtained from the comparison of air conduction and bone conduction.

New light is being shed by the observations made with the monochord, the only instrument capable of testing hearing of high pitches by bone conduction as well as by air conduction. Those who have

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