Reliability and Intersubject Variability of the Real Ear Unaided Response

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Intratester test-retest reliability of the real ear unaided response (REUR) was determined on 49 ears using the Frye 6500 real ear analyzer. Results revealed mean differences of less than 1 dB for repeat measurements at seven test frequencies between 250 and 4000 Hz. The average peak resonant frequency of the repeated measure was within 16 Hz of the initial measure. In addition, the intersubject variability of the amplitude of REUR was quite large. A range of 7 dB was found at 250 to 500 Hz with the range expanding to 15 to 20 dB at 2000 to 4000 Hz. Also, the peak resonant frequency varied between 2100–4800 Hz. These results are discussed in terms of those dispensers who use the REUR to “custom” order hearing aids.

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