Art and the Audiogram: How Skillful Observation Provides Insights to the History, Present, and Future

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 Aug;167(2):316-318. doi: 10.1177/01945998211061139. Epub 2021 Nov 23.


Although simple, audiograms are a dynamic tool that, much like fine art, can be used by experts to decipher the history, present, and probable future of its subject. Through close comparison with El Greco's Burial of the Count Orgaz, a very well-known painting for its temporal complexity, a sample audiogram is examined through an artistic lens. That intimate relationship with time that El Greco's piece and audiograms share offers not only a layered interpretive narrative but also a humanities-based perspective on how to approach diagnostic testing.

Keywords: art; audiogram; history; humanities; otosclerosis.

MeSH terms

  • Famous Persons*
  • Hearing Tests
  • Humans
  • Paintings*
  • Probability