Clinical use of an insert earphone

Jack D. Clemis, William J. Ballad, Mead C. Killion

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There are several applications of and advantages to using an insert earphone. An insert earphone has three parts: a transducer to convert electrical energy to sound, a conduit to deliver the sound into the ear canal, and a coupler connecting the device to the canal. The data from this study indicate that there is a distinct advantage in using insert earphones over TDH-49 phones (standard headphones) in the attenuation of low frequency ambient noise. The use of insert earphones will permit one to test hearing in areas of higher ambient noise than was previously possible. Insert earphones are used to shorten the hearing aid selection process. A technique is described in which only one real ear measurement is required for an accurate hearing aid fitting. Most, but not all, of the masking dilemmas that are encountered with standard headphones are circumvented or eliminated by using insert earphones. In brain stem auditory evoked reponse testing, the insert earphone reduces the stimulus artifact without influencing the acoustic signal. Finally, the insert earphone solves the collapsing ear canal problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)520-524
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1986


  • hearing aid selection
  • insert earphones
  • masking dilemma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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