Why Operant Audiometry—A Consideration of Some Shortcomings Fundamental to the Audiological Testing of Children Any attempt to assess the auditory pathway via the measurement of response ability must include in its conception of “auditory pathway” some measure or control of behavioral state and response experience. Over time the feedback deficit an inefficient pathway produces will reduce the functional importance of sound to the individual ... Forum
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Why Operant Audiometry—A Consideration of Some Shortcomings Fundamental to the Audiological Testing of Children
 
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Why Operant Audiometry—A Consideration of Some Shortcomings Fundamental to the Audiological Testing of Children
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1972, Vol. 37, 47-54. doi:10.1044/jshd.3701.47
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1972, Vol. 37, 47-54. doi:10.1044/jshd.3701.47

Any attempt to assess the auditory pathway via the measurement of response ability must include in its conception of “auditory pathway” some measure or control of behavioral state and response experience. Over time the feedback deficit an inefficient pathway produces will reduce the functional importance of sound to the individual with the deficit. Any measure of the individual’s auditory response will include a consequent reluctance to use sound as an important component, where this reluctance is a complex variable affected by the experience and behavioral state of the child as well as by the test environment and the audiologist. The paper attempts to indicate the importance of this variability in the audiometric test situation and to outline methods to make possible its measurement and eventual control.

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