Short Course  |   December 1999
Clinical Masking in Speech Audiometry
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Hearing Disorders
Short Course   |   December 1999
Clinical Masking in Speech Audiometry
American Journal of Audiology December 1999, Vol.8, 106-116. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(1999/019)
History: Accepted 03 Jul 1999 , Received 16 Nov 1998
American Journal of Audiology December 1999, Vol.8, 106-116. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(1999/019)
History: Accepted 03 Jul 1999 , Received 16 Nov 1998

The optimal masking level during speech audiometry is one that falls above the minimum and below the maximum masking levels. The goal is to select a masking level that falls at the middle of the masking plateau. This article presents a simplified approach to selecting an appropriate level of contralateral masking during suprathreshold speech audiometry. The underlying theoretical concepts and prerequisite conditions are reviewed. The advantages of insert earphones when using the simplified approach are discussed.

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