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Rinne Test

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Other Names

  • Rinne Test


Illustration of the Weber and Rinne Test[1]
  • To attempt to distinguish between sensorineural and conductive hearing loss


  • Requires a tuning fork
  • Place the base of a struck tuning fork on the mastoid bone behind the ear.
  • Have the patient indicate when sound is no longer heard.
  • Move fork (held at base) beside ear and ask if now audible.
  • Normal test
    • Air conduction > bone conduction
    • Patient can hear fork at ear
  • Conductive loss
    • Bone conduction > air conduction
    • Patient will not hear fork at ear.



  • Unknown

See Also


  1. Image courtesy of uptodate.com, "Evaluation of hearing loss in adults"
Created by:
John Kiel on 13 May 2022 08:20:15
Last edited:
13 May 2022 08:23:04