PubMed | a National Physical Laboratory
Type: Journal Article | Journal: International journal of audiology | Year: 2016
Calibration service providers for audiometric equipment often encounter impracticalities in fully implementing the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) guidelines for the extended high frequency region. This report evaluates some of the work-around solutions sometimes employed in practice and the implications these have for audiometer calibration results and uncertainties.The impact of using four different microphone configurations on the ear simulator calibration in the frequency range 125Hz to 20kHz, and especially in the extended high frequency range from 10kHz to 20kHz, was investigated, at a range of temperatures.Variations in the response of the ear simulator of up to 6dB were observed with the different microphone configurations. In addition, using the microphone without its protection grid produced a dip in the high frequency response of approximately 15dB.While deviation from the practices required in IEC standards is not recommended, replacing the microphone protection grid with a specially fabricated collar (essentially a grid with the top removed) was found to constrain deviations in response to within 2dB. It was also concluded that simply removing the microphone protection grid resulted in a wholly unsatisfactory performance.