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October 3, 1942

Acoustically Handicapped Children. The Committee for the Study of the Care and Education of Physically Handicapped Children in the Public Schools of the City of New York. Report of the Sub-Committee on Acoustically Handicapped Children

JAMA. 1942;120(5):409. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830400083033

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Abstract

This report of a subcommittee of the Committee for the Study of the Care and Education of Physically Handicapped Children in the Public Schools of New York City has been compiled by a representative group of doctors, social workers and educators. Dr. E. P. Fowler has written a comprehensive, brief but accurate, outline of the types and causes of deafness. Much of the remainder of the report contains tables of findings from hearing surveys made.

Thirty thousand children were examined by the phonograph audiometer, and 1,080 found hard of hearing were given a test with a pitch range audiometer. In the elementary grades, 14 per cent were found to have a 9 decibel or greater loss in one or two ears. The proportion diminished in the junior high schools (10 per cent), Day High (5 per cent) and Vocational High (8 per cent). These figures are so grossly higher than

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