Three years ago at the Dallas session of the American Medical Association, Dr. E. P. Fowler with Dr. Harvey Fletcher and I presented before this section two papers dealing with the use of the audiometer in the detection of loss of hearing among school children. The widespread prevalence of potential deafness among this group was pointed out and the need for an accurate periodic examination of the hearing acuity of all school children was emphasized. With generous understanding, the section, to encourage an important step in school hygiene, adopted a resolution favoring the periodic testing of the ears of all school children by methods sufficiently delicate to detect even slight loss of hearing. This resolution was at once endorsed by the House of Delegates, and it has since been adopted by all of the national bodies of otolaryngologists and by other national, state and local organizations.
The movement to secure
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