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Alternative ear-canal measures related to absorbance
Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Technical Audiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3350-8997
Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home, Tennessee, USA.
2013 (English)In: Ear and Hearing, ISSN 0196-0202, E-ISSN 1538-4667, Vol. 34, no Supplement 1, 72s-77s p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Several alternative ear-canal measures are similar to absorbance in their requirement for prior determination of a Thévenin-equivalent sound source. Examples are (1) sound intensity level, (2) forward pressure level, (3) time-domain ear-canal reflectance, and (4) cochlear reflectance. These four related measures are similar to absorbance in their utilization of wideband stimuli and their focus on recording ear-canal sound pressure. The related measures differ from absorbance in how the ear-canal pressure is analyzed and in the type of information that is extracted from the recorded response. Sound intensity level and forward pressure level have both been shown to be better as measures of sound level in the ear canal compared with sound pressure level because they reduced calibration errors due to standing waves in studies of behavioral thresholds and otoacoustic emissions. Time-domain ear-canal reflectance may be used to estimate ear-canal geometry and may have the potential to assess middle ear pathology. Cochlear reflectance reveals information about the inner ear that is similar to what is provided by other types of otoacoustic emissions, and may have theoretical advantages that strengthen its interpretation.

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013. Vol. 34, no Supplement 1, 72s-77s p.
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Otorhinolaryngology Medical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97728DOI: 10.1097/AUD.0b013e31829c7229ISI: 000326278100013PubMedID: 23900185OAI: diva2:650610
Available from: 2013-09-23 Created: 2013-09-23 Last updated: 2013-11-22Bibliographically approved

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