A Descending Lot-Bekesy Screening Test for Functional Hearing Loss This study investigated the screening efficiency of a descending version of Hattler's Lengthened Off-time (LOT) Bekesy test. The Descending LOT (DELOT) test was administered to 24 subjects who presented unequivocal audiometric evidence of functional hearing loss during clinical examinations and 30 subjects with no audiometric evidence of functional loss. The ... Reports
Reports  |   February 01, 1990
A Descending Lot-Bekesy Screening Test for Functional Hearing Loss
 
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Reports   |   February 01, 1990
A Descending Lot-Bekesy Screening Test for Functional Hearing Loss
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1990, Vol. 55, 67-74. doi:10.1044/jshd.5501.67
History: Received October 14, 1988 , Accepted April 12, 1989
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, February 1990, Vol. 55, 67-74. doi:10.1044/jshd.5501.67
History: Received October 14, 1988; Accepted April 12, 1989

This study investigated the screening efficiency of a descending version of Hattler's Lengthened Off-time (LOT) Bekesy test. The Descending LOT (DELOT) test was administered to 24 subjects who presented unequivocal audiometric evidence of functional hearing loss during clinical examinations and 30 subjects with no audiometric evidence of functional loss. The DELOT format substantially increased screening sensitivity: 29.2% more functional group subjects and 42.2% more functional group ears were identified correctly relative to LOT test identifications. There was one marginally positive DELOT outcome involving one ear in the nonfunctional group. The high sensitivity of the DELOT test was clearly a function of significantly larger intertrace gaps caused by the DELOT trace. The mean intertrace gap for the DELOT test was more than 10 dB greater than the gap for the LOT test.

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