Maximum Output Intensity of the Audiokinetron The Audiokinetron is a device that processes music for earphone presentation to patients undergoing auditory integration training, a treatment for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Intensity levels produced by the Audiokinetron were measured under realistic listening conditions with a KEMAR manikin substituted for a patient. Average levels at ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   May 01, 1996
Maximum Output Intensity of the Audiokinetron
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Christine M. Rankovic
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • William M. Rabinowitz
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • Gregory L. Lof
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Contact author: Christine M. Rankovic, PhD, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, 133 Forsyth Building, Boston, MA 02115
    Contact author: Christine M. Rankovic, PhD, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, 133 Forsyth Building, Boston, MA 02115×
Article Information
Hearing & Speech Perception / Acoustics / Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Autism Spectrum / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   May 01, 1996
Maximum Output Intensity of the Audiokinetron
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1996, Vol. 5, 68-72. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0502.68
History: Received November 6, 1995 , Accepted January 24, 1996
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1996, Vol. 5, 68-72. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0502.68
History: Received November 6, 1995; Accepted January 24, 1996

The Audiokinetron is a device that processes music for earphone presentation to patients undergoing auditory integration training, a treatment for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Intensity levels produced by the Audiokinetron were measured under realistic listening conditions with a KEMAR manikin substituted for a patient. Average levels at the eardrum were 110 dB SPL when the device was adjusted to the highest setting employed by a local, trained AIT practitioner and 118 dB SPL at the maximum setting of the device. These levels are potentially harmful to hearing and warrant further safety studies of AIT instruments and protocols.

Acknowledgments
We thank the AIT practitioner who allowed us access to her Audiokinetron.
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