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July 1956

Free-Field Audiometric Speech Testing in a One-Room Testing Arrangement

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;64(1):63-65. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830130065010

The need of speech audiometry to supplement pure-tone audiometry has been firmly established. Many otolaryngologists have been discouraged from adapting their offices for this use because the number of hearing tests done would not justify the expense of a standard two-room testing arrangement. This paper is presented to illustrate that adequate testing facilities, including free-field techniques, can be installed in existing office space and still allow the room to be used for other purposes as well. In our office a recovery room was used, but a treatment room would serve just as well.

The room is approximately 7 by 9 ft. and has one door and one window (Fig. 1). The walls and ceiling are covered with acoustic tile. The floor is covered with heavy cork linoleum. The upper two-thirds of the window was closed by covering it with two pieces of plywood held apart by 1 in. spacers. The

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