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September 1966


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133 Macquarie St Sydney, NSW, Australia

Arch Otolaryngol. 1966;84(3):365. doi:10.1001/archotol.1966.00760030367025

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To the Editor.—The Weber Test, which dates from 1834, was a classical test for otologic diagnosis before the advent of the pure tone audiometer.

As described by Weber, a vibrating tuning fork is placed on the center of the patient's vertex, and this tuning fork may be heard by the patient in several different places:

  1. In the deaf ear—this indicates a conduction deafness according to Weber.

  2. In the normal ear—this indicates that the deaf ear has a sensorineural type of deafness.

  3. In the midline—failure of lateralization indicates equal hearing in both ears.

The Weber Test may be done equally well with the bone conductor (receiver) of the pure tone audiometer. This is known as an Audiometric Weber Test.

However, much valuable information may be gained quickly using a tuning fork in a particular way to carry out the Weber Test. It is possible to gain unassailable

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