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M S Welgampola, S M Rosengren, G M Halmagyi, et al. Vestibular activation by bone conducted sound (J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2003;74:771–8). This relates to calibration of the output of the bone conductor that was used. The audiometric calibrator was not fully aware of the specific units in which bone conductors are generally calibrated but rather was influenced by the units of the sound level meter (suitable for air conducted sound). The calibration procedure is normally performed purely for testing hearing, in which case the precise units used are not strictly relevant (and under conditions which are quite different from those that the authors used). The authors have now purchased the required equipment to allow calibration of the B71, and have provided a guide to the force levels obtained:
Bone conducted stimuli should be measured in units of dB FL (force level) as a ratio to a reference force of 1 μN. These levels are 10–20 dB higher, depending upon frequency, than the values given as “SPL”. The standard parameter 500 Hz 7ms “112 dB SPL” tone burst stimulus, obtained with a 10 V peak to peak input, corresponds to an intensity of 127 dB FL (RMS).