masking dilemma

masking dilemma

a problem encountered in establishing the bone conduction thresholds in severe bilateral conductive hearing loss, in which the amount of masking of the nontest ear exceeds the interaural attenuation so that enough masking is too much masking.

mask·ing di·lem·ma

(mask'ing di-lĕm'mă)
A problem encountered in establishing the bone conduction thresholds in severe bilateral conductive hearing loss, in which the amount of masking of the nontest ear exceeds the interaural attenuation so that enough masking is too much masking.
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As we noted previously, the patients were tested for masking to avoid insufficient masking or overmasking, and most of the patients excluded from the study had a masking dilemma (ipsilateral masking was not sufficient or caused overmasking).
However, because of a masking dilemma, it was impossible to say whether there was a conductive component in the right ear prior to the onset of the sensorineural component.