Reflex Modulation A Hearing Test for the Difficult-to-Test Reports
Reports  |   August 01, 1981
Reflex Modulation
 
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Reports   |   August 01, 1981
Reflex Modulation
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1981, Vol. 46, 262-266. doi:10.1044/jshd.4603.262
History: Received January 23, 1980 , Accepted July 29, 1980
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1981, Vol. 46, 262-266. doi:10.1044/jshd.4603.262
History: Received January 23, 1980; Accepted July 29, 1980

This study was designed to determine the effectiveness of reflex modulation (RM) audiometry in assessing the hearing sensitivity of difficult-to-test subjects. RM describes the inhibitory effect of a tone upon a subsequently elicited eyeblink reflex. Five ENT subjects were referred to the University of Kansas Andiology Clinic because of medicolegal problems or doubts regarding their hearing status. After conventional pure tone and speech audiometry had produced equivocal results, the subjects were tested by RM. The study indicates that RM is effective as an objective test of hearing for these subjects. Since RM sensitivity is not frequently dependent, it has a potential role as an adjunct to the brainstem evoked response (BSER) for testing low frequencies.

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