Robert H. Margolis

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The normal maturational course of tympanometric shape, static aural acoustic admittance and ear canal wall characteristics were investigated in healthy infants, who were followed at various time intervals in the first 4 months of life. Susceptance and conductance tympanograms were recorded from both ears of each subject at four probe frequencies or more. In(More)
As audiology strives for cost containment, standardization, accuracy of tests, and accountability, greater use of automated tests is likely. Highly skilled audiologists employ quality control factors that contribute to test accuracy, but they are not formally included in test protocols, resulting in a wide range of accuracy, owing to the various skill and(More)
Three experiments were conducted to explore the utility of magnitude estimation of loudness for hearing aid selection. In Experiment 1 the loudness discomfort level (LDL), most comfortable loudness (MCL), and magnitude estimations (MEs) of loudness were obtained from normal-hearing subjects. MCLs fell within a range of loudness that was relatively low on(More)
The acoustic stapedius reflex (ASR) is the sound-evoked contraction of the stapedius muscle. The ASR is mediated by a neural network, receiving its afferent input from the VIIIth cranial (auditory) nerve and sending its efferent output to the VIIth cranial (facial) nerve. Several centers in the brain stem comprise the central portion of the reflex pathway.(More)
The characteristics of acoustic reflex adaptation were studied in human subjects. Contralateral stapedial reflex measurements were made by monitoring changes in acoustic conductance and susceptance with a 220-Hz probe. The reflex activators included four tonal stimuli (500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz) and broadband noise presented for 180 s at 96, 104, and 112(More)
Three studies are reported assessing the validity of AMTAS, an automated method for obtaining an audiogram, including air- and bone-conduction thresholds (stimuli delivered by a forehead-placed transducer) with masking noise presented to the non-test ear. In Study 1, six subjects at each of three sites were tested using manual audiometry by two audiologists(More)
OBJECTIVE The objectives were to measure the occlusion effect produced by three earphones-circumaural, supra-aural, and insert-and to compare air- and bone-conduction thresholds obtained with manual and automated methods for subjects with sensorineural hearing loss. DESIGN Acoustic and psychoacoustic occlusion effects were measured with each earphone.(More)
Tympanometry and acoustic reflex threshold data are reported for a series of presumable normal infants ranging in age from 55 to 132 days. In general, tympanograms displayed single peaks between +/- 50 mm H2O. Susceptance tympanograms with a 660-Hz probe frequency were sometimes characterized by monotonically increasing susceptance as ear canal pressure was(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between the loudness discomfort level (LDL) and real-life impressions of loudness discomfort. LDLs were measured with an established procedure for a variety of stimuli including FM tones, speech noise, and stimuli recorded from two real-life environments, in two groups of subjects. Sound pressure(More)
Tympanometric asymmetry was investigated in 17 normal adult subjects. Experimental variables included transmission quantity, probe frequency, direction of pressure change, and type of probe tip. Tympanograms were characterized by systematic asymmetries that appeared to be related predominantly to middle-ear effects, although ear canal effects probably(More)