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

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Q Is the whispered voice test accurate for detecting hearing impairment in children and adults?


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Medline, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, and Science Citation Index (to June 2002); the web (for unpublished theses); reference lists; and authors.

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2 reviewers independently selected cross sectional studies in any language if they evaluated the whispered voice test; the reference test, audiometry, was given to ⩾80% of participants; and sensitivity and specificity were reported (or calculable).

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sensitivity and specificity.


8 English language studies were included. 4 studies included 256 adults (age range 17–96 y). The prevalence of …

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  • For correspondence: S Pirozzo, School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Herston, Queensland, Australia.

  • Source of funding: National Health and Medical Research Council.