Holmes, A. E. et al. (1989). Acoustic Reflectometry Versus Tympanometry in Pediatric Middle Ear Screenings I am troubled by this article and believe that I must point out a number of serious problems in methodology and analysis. Authors’ definition “… assess the percent of ears failed by the screening device (acoustic reflectometry) that failed the standard (tympanometry). This calculation provides information on whether or ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   April 01, 1990
Holmes, A. E. et al. (1989). Acoustic Reflectometry Versus Tympanometry in Pediatric Middle Ear Screenings
 
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  • David W. Teele
    Professor of Pediatrics Boston University School of Medicine
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Letter to the Editor   |   April 01, 1990
Holmes, A. E. et al. (1989). Acoustic Reflectometry Versus Tympanometry in Pediatric Middle Ear Screenings
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1990, Vol. 21, 121. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2102.121
History: Received April 20, 1989 , Accepted July 24, 1989
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1990, Vol. 21, 121. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2102.121
History: Received April 20, 1989; Accepted July 24, 1989
I am troubled by this article and believe that I must point out a number of serious problems in methodology and analysis.
Authors’ definition
“… assess the percent of ears failed by the screening device (acoustic reflectometry) that failed the standard (tympanometry). This calculation provides information on whether or not the screening device failed ears that passed the standard (tympanometry).”
Conventional definition
True positives divided by all positives, or in the authors’ scheme, total ears that failed reflectometry AND tympanometry divided by all ears that failed reflectometry, regardless of results of tympanometry.
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