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Signs of hearing loss

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Clinical tests to help detect hearing loss in glue ear include:

  • Rinne test: will show a 20dB deficit, but is difficult in children less than 6
  • whispered voice at arms length will show about a 30dB deficit. To mask the whisper being picked up by the ear not being tested, the examiner should vibrate a finger in the ear not being screened

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