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ERIC Number: ED168717
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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The Eyes Have It: Visual Help for Auditory Acuity.
Prince, Albert
A non-aversive modification of Bekesy Audiometric Procedures (BAP) used in assessing hearing ability has been found to produce interpretable audiograms from children whose responses to the unmodified BAP were erratic and uninterpretable. In an experiment with six 8-year-old children, three subjects were assigned to a condition in which a light cue was provided that changed in brightness as the auditory stimulus changed in intensity. As a test session progressed, the light was systematically faded until a child had to rely entirely on the test tone. For the remaining three subjects the unmodified BAP were provided. Children receiving visual help learned to monitor and adjust the auditory test stimulus readily and their audiometric records were reliable. Further, when children who produced uninterpretable and erratic results under unmodified procedures were switched to the modified test procedure, their thresholds stabilized. A second experiment with six preschoolers and six third-graders investigated three sequences of stimulus presentation. All sequences produced equally reliable thresholds with the third-graders. Fading the test sound into the light presentation produced the most consistent threshold measurements for the preschoolers. The modification of the BAP offers an improved way to assess the hearing of difficult-to-test persons. Implications concerning auditory attention span are briefly indicated. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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