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Rinne's test

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A hearing test using a tuning fork to compare the duration of bone conduction with that of air conduction. Normally air conduction of the sound of a tuning fork is longer than transmission of bone – if altered there is an abnormality of conduction, not perception. It is the single most common office test.

Se also Schwabach's test, under Dagobert Schwabach, German otologist, 1846-1920.


  • F. H. A. Rinne:
    Beiträge zur Physiologie des menschlichen Ohres.
    Vierteljahrsschrift für die praktische Heilkunde, Prague, 1855, 45: 71-123.
    Vierteljahrsschrift für die praktische Heilkunde, Prague, 1855, 46: 45-72.

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