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September 1956

An Experimental Study of Audiometry in Simulated Partial Deafness

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Department of Otolaryngology, Queen of Angels' Clinic.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;64(3):213-215. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830150043009
Abstract

Many physicians, including otologists, are of the opinion that audiometric tests, repeated at various time intervals, constitute a reliable basis on which to detect or reject malingering, for it would be extremely difficult for an ordinary person to repeat a pure-tone threshold were he, or she, to feign partial deafness. According to Reger,* it is conceivable that a musician whose ears are attuned to fine modulations of sound, or a specialist in the physics of sound, might successfully simulate a partial loss of hearing, but it is improbable that the average person could achieve such a simulation.

In order to ascertain the correctness of this viewpoint the study reported here was made with the assistance of two groups, namely:

1. A selected, highly cooperative, voluntary group of 50 graduate and student nurses, 18 to 25 years old, attached to the Queen of Angels' Clinic. All were given a preliminary hearing

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