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July 1976

Audiometric Symbols

Author Affiliations

New Orleans

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(7):446. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780120094018

To the Editor.—I would like to respond to Dr Jerger's article, "A Proposed Audiometric Symbol System for Scholarly Publications," that appeared in the January Archives (102:33-36, 1976).

I wholeheartedly agree with Dr Jerger that the guidelines (Hopkinson report)1 did the field of audiology a great service. I must therefore question Dr Jerger's premise that a system designed for clinical application might not be optimal for other applications.

The symbol system contained in the guidelines' and presently in widespread use throughout the country was designed to be unambiguous in black and white. The need for color reproduction in publications is therefore nonexistent.

Dr Jerger stated that the first objective of an ideal symbol system is to minimize the number of symbols that are used. On the other hand, a suggestion was made for an audiogram that contains symbols for both masked and unmasked bone conduction sensitivity thresholds. Any certified audiologist