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January 1966

Speech Audiometry: Taped vs Live Voice

Author Affiliations

From the Army Audiology and Speech Center, Walter Reed General Hospital, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;83(1):14-17. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760020016007

THE PURPOSE of this study was to establish the reliability of live monitored voice speech audiometry and taped recorded speech audiometry. Rigid controls were used throughout the study, and the results were subjected to statistical analysis.

The advantages and disadvantages of live voice speech audiometry and recorded speech audiometry have thus far not been conclusively investigated. Investigators such as Palmer, Carhart, and Hirsh have reported upon some of the variables encountered in administering live monitored speech audiometry.1-4 Recently, with the introduction of commercially available prerecorded magnetic tape speech audiometry, the usual questions of stability of the two methods have arisen again.5

Speech audiometry has become increasingly important in the differential diagnosis of inner ear problems and in the preoperative and postoperative evaluation of surgical cases. Until recently, speech audiometry was delivered either by live monitored voice or by means of acetate recordings. Recently, magnetic tape recordings of speech

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