A quick and reliable estimate of extended high-frequency hearing

Garreth Prendergast*, Mark Hymers, Amy Lee

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objective: To encourage researchers to perform high-frequency threshold estimation using a technique outlined by Rieke and colleagues, described as fixed-level frequency threshold estimation. Their method used a Bekesy-style roving tone to estimate the highest audible frequency of a listener. The tone was fixed in its intensity (SPL) and changed in frequency as the participant indicated whether they could perceive the tone, or not. This was developed specifically for ototoxicity monitoring in the extended high-frequency region. Rieke and colleagues established that this approach to measuring hearing thresholds is both fast and reliable. Design: The current article extends this approach to using a simple PC-soundcard-transducer setup and the method of limits to rapidly establish the highest audible frequency of a listener. Study sample: 24 listeners performed standard and fixed-level audiometry in the extended high-frequency range. Results: The method described is rapid and reliable and a single summary metric is obtained for each listener. Conclusions: The advantage of the described approach over standard pure-tone audiometry in the extended high-frequency range is the time taken, the ability to avoid missing data points and the risk of distortions or electrical noise when close to maximal system output.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Early online date9 Jul 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jul 2020

Bibliographical note

© 2020 The Authors. Published by
Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor &
Francis Group on behalf of British Society
of Audiology, International Society of
Audiology, and Nordic Audiological Society


  • adult or general hearing screening
  • audiometry
  • Extended high frequency
  • hearing

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