What Are Standards - And Why Do I Care?

Laura Ann Wilber*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article reviews bioacoustic standards related to audiology. Specifically, it discusses what standards are, why we have standards, and how and by whom standards are developed. It discusses why such standards are necessary, how they are developed, and what should be remembered about standards and the standardization process. It provides a list of current American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards related to calibration and to the testing of hearing. It concludes that standards help make hearing testing more reliable and results easier to exchange.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-92
Number of pages12
JournalSeminars in Hearing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2004


  • ANSI
  • Audiometers
  • Calibration
  • ISO
  • Standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing


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