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Long-term measurements using home audiometry with Békésy’s technique

Grenner, Jan LU and Brännström, Jonas LU (2017) In International Journal of Audiology 56(3). p.202-211
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Objective: To examine the efficacy of fixed-frequency Békésy’s home audiometry to assess hearing fluctuation and treatment outcomes in patients with subjectively fluctuating hearing loss. Design: SMAPH, a software audiometry program for Windows, was installed and calibrated on laptop computers. Békésy’s audiometry was carried out daily in the patients’ homes, using sound-attenuating earphones. Study sample: Seventeen patients with previously or currently subjectively fluctuating hearing loss. Five patients received of treatment for their conditions during the measurement period. Results: Measurement periods ranged from 6 to 60 days. Varying degrees of compliance were seen, some patients measuring less than 50% of the days, others... (More)

Objective: To examine the efficacy of fixed-frequency Békésy’s home audiometry to assess hearing fluctuation and treatment outcomes in patients with subjectively fluctuating hearing loss. Design: SMAPH, a software audiometry program for Windows, was installed and calibrated on laptop computers. Békésy’s audiometry was carried out daily in the patients’ homes, using sound-attenuating earphones. Study sample: Seventeen patients with previously or currently subjectively fluctuating hearing loss. Five patients received of treatment for their conditions during the measurement period. Results: Measurement periods ranged from 6 to 60 days. Varying degrees of compliance were seen, some patients measuring less than 50% of the days, others measuring every day. Based on their long-term measurements the patients were classified into three groups: patients with stable recordings, with fluctuating low-frequency hearing loss, or with fluctuating high-frequency hearing loss. In the patients with stable recordings, significant test–retest differences were seen below 10 dB at frequencies 0.125–8 kHz. Conclusions: Home audiometry with Békésy’s technique can be used to evaluate disease activity and to monitor hearing results after therapy.

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1499-2027
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10.1080/14992027.2016.1231426
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  author       = {Grenner, Jan and Brännström, Jonas},
  issn         = {1499-2027},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {202--211},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {International Journal of Audiology},
  title        = {Long-term measurements using home audiometry with Békésy’s technique},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2016.1231426},
  volume       = {56},
  year         = {2017},
}