Intrasubject reliability of high-frequency (9-14 kHz) thresholds: tested separately vs. following conventional-frequency testing.

S. A. Fausti, J. A. Henry, D. Hayden, D. S. Phillips, R. H. Frey

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Retrospective analysis of hearing-threshold data from a multisite ototoxicity monitoring study identified an individualized range of predominantly high frequencies (> 8 kHz) that appeared to be highly sensitive to early threshold changes caused by ototoxicity. This suggested the potential for a limited-frequency monitoring protocol that could be conducted rapidly without compromising sensitivity to ototoxicity. Such testing would require high-frequency thresholds to be obtained independently, that is, without prior testing at conventional frequencies (0.25-8 kHz). This study was conducted to determine the test-retest reliability of isolated threshold testing in a "target" frequency range of high frequencies (9, 10, 11.2, 12.5, and 14 kHz) that represented a shortened ototoxicity monitoring test. Twenty normal-hearing subjects were evaluated over five sessions. During each session, subjects were tested in each of two conditions: (1) conventional frequencies (0.25-8 kHz) tested first, followed by target frequencies; and (2) target frequencies tested alone (isolation condition). Depending on test frequency, reliability of high-frequency thresholds was either unchanged or improved in the isolation condition. Although these results cannot be generalized to ill hospitalized patients, who may also have pre-existing hearing loss, they lay the groundwork for development of a time-saving limited-frequency test to monitor for ototoxicity in these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-152
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Audiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing


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