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March 1938

INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS OF TUNING FORK TEST FOR DEAFNESS

Author Affiliations

WASHINGTON, D. C.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;27(3):304-312. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650030314005
Abstract

The use of the tuning fork test is universal. However, the interpretation of the results is open to wide variation, depending on the experience of the physician performing the test. In many cases, owing to lack of knowledge of the proper results to be derived from the tuning fork test, the results are valueless. Fowler1 said:

The employment of the older standard tuning fork tests, the lack of appreciation of their possibilities, their careless use and interpretations, and the variation between instruments, results in a snare and delusion.

The present trend to the use of electrical instruments has come partially as a result of this lack of proper knowledge of the use of tuning forks, but for many a practitioner it has increased the uncertainty in the interpretation of the type and the degree of deafness. The increasing number of electrical instruments, each with its own type of graph and

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