Heinrich Adolf Rinne

Physician, Deceased Person

1819 – 1868

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Who was Heinrich Adolf Rinne?

Heinrich Adolf Rinne was a German otologist born in Vlotho an der Weser.

He received his doctorate from the University of Göttingen and practiced medicine in the city of Göttingen. Later he was a physician in Sandstadt near Stade and Hildesheim.

In 1855 Rinne described the combined conductive process of the tympanic membrane and the ossicles of the middle ear. He is known for the eponymous Rinne test. The Rinne test is a hearing test conducted with a tuning fork, and is used to test and compare a patients' hearing via air conduction or by way of bone conduction. He reasoned that if a person hears a sound for a longer period of time through bone conduction than through air conduction, a disease is present somewhere in the conduction apparatus.

Despite his research, "Rinne's test" wasn't generally recognized until after his death — in the early 1880s, otologists Friedrich Bezold and August Lucae further publicized Rinne's work.

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Jan 24, 1819
Also known as
  • Dr. Heinrich Adolf Rinne
  • Germany
  • University of Göttingen
Jul 26, 1868

on July 23, 2013


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