Just read about an alternative sound source for hearing testing:
(Article in "Compressed Air"(!) industry periodical)
"Tones in hearing tests often produce little response in young children
and some inattentive adults such as stroke victims......A Penn State
study filtered 25 musical and environmental sounds to match traditional
hearing test tones. E.g.: cats, crickets, dogs, frogs, roosters,
carhorns, clock chimes, drums, planes, trumpets and whistles. The
sounds were heard and recognized by 20 normal hearing adults. Their use
should provide details about hearing of poor-testing subjects and offers
an alternative to conventional pure-tone audiometry."
Children, heck, EVERYBODY as far as I can imagine.. IMHO, any test
augmentation that makes it simpler to perform accurately will ultimately
become the norm..
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