Bone Conduction Calibration: Current Status Attempts to specify normal threshold sensitivity by bone conduction have been unsuccessful because of problems in obtaining reliable measurements from commercially available artificial mastoids. Recent design modifications incorporated in the Bruel and Kjaer 4930 artificial mastoids have resulted in greater uniformity among these units. However, the new design has resulted ... Articles
Articles  |   May 01, 1979
Bone Conduction Calibration: Current Status
 
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Articles   |   May 01, 1979
Bone Conduction Calibration: Current Status
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, May 1979, Vol. 44, 143-155. doi:10.1044/jshd.4402.143
History: Received January 10, 1979 , Accepted February 6, 1979
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, May 1979, Vol. 44, 143-155. doi:10.1044/jshd.4402.143
History: Received January 10, 1979; Accepted February 6, 1979

Attempts to specify normal threshold sensitivity by bone conduction have been unsuccessful because of problems in obtaining reliable measurements from commercially available artificial mastoids. Recent design modifications incorporated in the Bruel and Kjaer 4930 artificial mastoids have resulted in greater uniformity among these units. However, the new design has resulted in impedances that are higher than those recommended in current standards. Bone-conduction thresholds referenced to measurements made on B x00026 K 4930 artificial mastoids with the new design were performed on 60 normal listeners by three participating laboratories. The results are reported for consideration in the development of a reference threshold for hearing by bone conduction.

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