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July 1976

Audiometric Symbols-Reply

Arch Otolaryngol. 1976;102(7):446-447. doi:10.1001/archotol.1976.00780120094019

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Abstract

In Reply—Dr Seidemann raises a number of interesting points about my proposed audiometric symbol system. I will attempt to comment on each in turn.

First, Seidemann's assertions that the ASHA system "was designed to be unambiguous in black and white" and that "the need for color reproduction in publications is therefore non-existent" must surely win some kind of award for courageous optimism. Bring me any two audiologists, and I will show you one who believes that the right bone symbol points to the right and another who believes that the symbol opens to the right. Any system that uses these bracket or arrowhead symbols is "unambiguous in black and white" only if you consult the key. The only point on which there is any kind of common understanding about these bone symbols is the color; red for the right ear and blue for the left ear. And

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