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Tuning Fork Tests in Modern Otology

James L. Sheehy, MD; Gale Gardner Jr., MD; William M. Hambley, MD
Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;94(2):132-138. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770070368009.
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IT HAS often been said that the Ear, Nose, and Throat resident learns only enough about tuning fork tests to satisfy his professors and to pass the board examination, that the older otolaryngologist dwells upon these test mainly because they are pleasant reminders of the past, and that in the middle there is a large group who do not use the tests at all. And yet, often the first question asked at Thursday night chart dis

cussions at the Otologic Medical Group is, "What did the fork test show?"

What About The Audiogram?  Tuning Forks to Audiometers and Back Again—is the title of a recent article by an PhD audiologist: "This title was a deliberate. Its purpose is to suggest to you that even though we have extremely accurate quantitative test devices, the simple tuning fork tests are still excellent clinical tools and should be a part of every


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