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Tuning fork tests in children (An evaluation of their usefulness)

  • J. W. R. Capper (a1), R. W. T. Slack (a1) and A. R. Maw (a1)



Despite the huge advances in clinical audiology over the past few decades, tuning fork tests are still used extensively in the diagnosis of hearing loss. This study investigates the usefulness, reliability and accuracy of tuning fork tests in a group of children involved in a prospective study of glue ear, and shows them to be of dubious value.


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J. W. R. Capper, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Wycombe General Hospital, High Wycombe, Bucks HP11 2TT.


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