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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If a masking dilemma was observed (e.g., ipsilateral masking was not sufficient to cause overmasking), patients were excluded from the study.
This is referred to as a "masking dilemma," and it can be rectified by using insert earphones, which have higher interaural attenuation levels.
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.