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Evid Based Nurs 7:56 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.2.56
  • Assessment (screening or diagnosis)

Review: the whispered voice test is accurate for detecting hearing impairment in children and adults

Diagnostic characteristics of the whispered voice test for detecting hearing impairment*

Number of participants Age (y)† Sensitivity (95% CI) Specificity (CI) +LR −LR
*Diagnostic terms defined in glossary.
†Age is reported as mean or range.
‡Specificities were given for 2 sensitivities (80% and 90%); unable to calculate CI or LR.
101 57 100 (96 to 100) 87 (80 to 92) 7.7 0
62 81 100 (95 to 100) 84 (71 to 92) 6.4 0
62 ⩾55 90 (82 to 95) 80 (68 to 89) 4.6 0.12
31 76 90‡ 70‡
197 5 96 (82 to 99) 92 (87 to95) 11.6 0.04
141 7.2 90 (69 to 97) 90 (84 to 94) 9.1 0.12
177 3–12 80 (68 to 88) 96 (91 to 98) 19.5 0.21
201 3–7 83 (61 to 94) 98 (95 to 99) 38.1 0.17

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