Do eyeglasses and palatal prostheses affect the results of the Weber test?

Yavuz Atar, Ziya Salturk, Guler Berkiten, Tolgar Lutfi Kumral, Yavuz Uyar, Guven Yildirim, Imran Aydogdu, Mehmet Onder Dogan, Huseyin Sari, Enis Ekincioglu


Background: The aim of the study was to analyze the possible effects of eyeglasses and palatal prostheses on the results of the Weber tuning fork test.

Methods: We enrolled 96 patients diagnosed with unilateral conductive-type hearing loss. All were aged between 18 and 65 years. Group 1 was composed of 48 patients with eyeglasses and group 2 included 48 patients with palatal prostheses. All patients underwent the weber tuning fork test with and without their eyeglasses and prostheses, and the results were compared. Weber tests were performed using 256 Hz and 512 Hz tuning forks.  

Results: No significant between-group difference was apparent (both p>0.05).

Conclusions Neither eyeglasses nor palatal prostheses significantly affected the results of the Weber test.


Tuning fork, Weber test, Rinne test

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