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To the Editor:
—Some time ago Dr. Austin A. Hayden, president of the Chicago League for the Hard of Hearing, asked me to look into a device called the "Oratone" and give the League an evaluation of this device as a means of treating advanced cases of deafness. The Oratone is similar to a device which was being promoted as early as 1925 called the "Electrophone." At that time, together with some other members of the Chicago Laryngological and Otological Society, I endeavored to evaluate the claims that were being put forward by its promoters. My conclusions on the Electrophone were expressed in the following statement to a member of the Chicago League for the Hard of Hearing who wrote asking for information:"The device, the Electrophone, which this firm is handling, appears to do nothing more for the hearing than is done in a similar way by wearing an
Shambaugh GE. THE ORATONE. JAMA. 1932;99(13):1102. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740650060028