Electroacoustic evaluation of the bone conduction transducer B250 for vestibular and hearing diagnostics in comparison with Radioear B71 and B81
Journal article, 2024

Objective: The objective is to evaluate the electroacoustic performance of the B250 transducer and to compare it with the two most widely used audiometric transducers B71 and B81. Design: The electroacoustic performance was evaluated in terms of sensitivity level, distortion, maximum hearing level and electrical impedance. Study sample: Six B250 prototype transducers were evaluated and compared with published data of B71 and B81 together with complementary measurements of maximum hearing level at 125 Hz and phase of electrical impedance. Differences in reference equivalent threshold vibratory force levels were estimated by comparing hearing threshold measurements of 60 healthy ears using B81 and B250. Results: B250 has approximately 27 dB higher sensitivity levels than both B71 and B81 at 250 Hz and can generate higher maximum hearing level at low frequencies: 11.8 to 35.8 dB (125–1000 Hz) higher than B71, and 1.4 to 18.6 dB (125–750 Hz) higher than B81. The maximum average difference in reference threshold force levels was 13.5 ± 8.7 dB higher for B250 at 250 Hz compared to B81. Conclusions: B250 can produce higher output force with less distortion than B71 and B81, especially at 125 and 250 Hz, which could possibly improve low frequency investigations of the audio-vestibular system.



bone conduction




Karl-Johan Fredén Jansson

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Signal Processing and Biomedical Engineering

Bo Håkansson

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Signal Processing and Biomedical Engineering

Ann Charlotte Persson

University of Gothenburg

Region Västra Götaland

Luca Verrecchia

Karolinska Institutet

Sabine Reinfeldt

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Signal Processing and Biomedical Engineering

International Journal of Audiology

1499-2027 (ISSN) 1708-8186 (eISSN)

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