Interpretation of Rinne’s and Weber’s tests

Last Updated on by FRCEM Intermediate

Test Normal Conductive Hearing Loss Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Rinne’s Air louder than Bone
(Rinne’s Positive)
Bone louder than Air
(Rinne’s Negative)
Air louder than Bone
(Rinne’s false positive)
Weber’s Sound heard in midline Sound heard in bad ear Sound heard in good ear

Conductive
Infection otitis externa, chondritis, perichondritis Otitis media
Trauma -Myringitis, TM perforate
Tumor Exostosis, Osteoma, Squamous cell carcinoma

Sensory
infection: Syphilis, Labyrinthitis, Viral
trauma: head injury, barotrauma,Noise-induced hearing loss
neurogenic – Ms

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