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Br J Gen Pract. 1996 August; 46(409): 473–474.
PMCID: PMC1239718

The whispered voice: the best test for screening for hearing impairment in general practice?


Hearing loss is an important health problem in the elderly which sometimes leads to social isolation. In a study with 62 patients, the diagnostic value of four simple tests for screening for hearing loss in general practice was examined. When paying attention to the loudness of the whispering, the whispered voice test can be a valuable test for assessment of hearing loss in general practice.

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