Table 2.

Audiometric Results* in Relation to Study Participants' Middle Ear Status and Audiologists' Ratings of Test Results Reliability

Test ResultsMiddle Ear Status
Bilateral MEEUnilateral MEENo MEE
Test Reliability Rating by Audiologist
GoodFairGoodFairGoodFair
No. (%) of Tests
No thresholds >20 dB HL6 (35)1 (8)9 (41)0 (0)36 (84)7 (37)
Threshold >20 dB HL at ≥1 frequency, but no threshold >30 dB HL5 (29)3 (25)8 (36)2 (40)7 (16)9 (47)
Threshold >30 dB HL at ≥1 frequency6 (35)8 (67)5 (23)3 (60)0 (0)3 (16)
Total17 (100)12 (100)22 (100)5 (100)43 (100)19 (100)
  • * Of 118 tests, 104 were conducted in the sound field and 14 via earphones. Thresholds were determined for 4 frequencies (500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz) in 103 tests, and for 3 of the frequencies in 15 tests.