Test Retest Audiometric Reliability in Unselected Samples of Army Personnel
ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT KNOX KY
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The objective of the study was to determine audiometric reliability in two unselected samples of Army personnel. A mobile audiometric laboratory was used to test and retest the hearing of protected basic combat trainees before and after firing a machine gun and of tank mechanics before and after a weekend of rest. Air conduction audiograms were used. Audiometric reliability was high in both groups, leading to the conclusion that a previous report of low audiometric reliability in individuals tested before and after basic combat training-advanced individual training should probably be interpreted as resulting from permanent, noise-induced changes in auditory sensitivity.
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