To the Editor: In order for clinical findings to be meaningful to all, they must be reported in a clear and concise manner. The audiogram is perhaps the only test remaining that some investigators believe needs 50 or more symbols to indicate abnormality.
A case in point is a recent audiogram reported by Matz et al.1 Forty-eight carefully drawn symbols were used to indicate that a patient was deaf.
Sataloff2 recently indicated that there are a number of ways of marking bone conduction on an audiogram, but that the most widely used and accepted is demonstrated on the following diagram: [ Right ear, ] Left ear. I agree that there are currently a number of ways of marking bone-conduction symbols, and would add that there are also a number of ways of marking air conduction, nor response, masking, etc. So many in fact, that
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