Hearing Tests Using Tuning Forks **

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Hearing tests using  tuning forks and gross
screenings


Students  use tuning forks in the Weber and the Rinne
hearing tests. 


In the Weber test the tuning fork is set in vibration and placed
on the center of the head.  If the patient heard better in the
problem ear it could be a conductive hearing loss; if pt does not
hear so well in the problem ear it could be a sensorineural hearing
loss.   The Rinne test compares the duration of sound
perception by air conduction with that of bone conduction. 
The vibrating fork is placed against the mastoid process and then
by the ear.  A  normal hearing patient hears the sound at
least twice as long through air as through bone.  If the pt
hears the sound longer by bone conduction than by air it could be a
conducive hearing loss.  The gross screening is for air
conductivity.


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    Grade: 11 to 12

    Topics: Health Science & Medical Technology

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