Continuous Versus Pulsed Tones in Audiometry The purpose of this study was to compare auditory thresholds obtained for continuous and pulsed tones in listeners with normal hearing. Auditory thresholds, test—retest reliability, falsepositive responses, and listener preference were compared for both signals. Hearing thresholds and test—retest reliability were comparable for the 2 signals, and there were no ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 2004
Continuous Versus Pulsed Tones in Audiometry
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Matthew H. Burk, PhD
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University, 200 South Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • Terry L. Wiley
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: maburk@indiana.edu
  • * Currently affiliated with Indiana University–Bloomington.
    Currently affiliated with Indiana University–Bloomington.×
  • ** Currently affiliated with Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
    Currently affiliated with Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Research and Technology / Research Articles
Research Article   |   June 01, 2004
Continuous Versus Pulsed Tones in Audiometry
American Journal of Audiology, June 2004, Vol. 13, 54-61. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2004/008)
History: Received October 9, 2003 , Accepted December 16, 2003
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2004, Vol. 13, 54-61. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2004/008)
History: Received October 9, 2003; Accepted December 16, 2003

The purpose of this study was to compare auditory thresholds obtained for continuous and pulsed tones in listeners with normal hearing. Auditory thresholds, test—retest reliability, falsepositive responses, and listener preference were compared for both signals. Hearing thresholds and test—retest reliability were comparable for the 2 signals, and there were no significant differences in the number of false positives or the number of presentations required to reach threshold. Listener preference, however, indicated that pulsed tones were preferred over continuous tones by 67% of the listeners when listening to low-level or high-frequency tones. These findings, coupled with previous reports demonstrating the benefits of using automatically pulsed tones in threshold assessment for listeners with tinnitus, support the general use of pulsed tones in clinical audiometry.

Acknowledgments
This work is based in part on Matthew H. Burk’s thesis, completed for the master of science degree in communicative disorders at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This research was supported in part by U.S. Department of Education Grant H029D 940085. We wish to thank Kip Kelly for his assistance with data collection and Dan Stoppenbach and Larry Humes for their comments and suggestions on the manuscript.
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