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September 21, 1940

Complete Guide for the Deafened

JAMA. 1940;115(12):1045. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810380075036

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The number of people in the United States who suffer from impaired hearing has been variously estimated at from ten to seventeen million. Like many other statistical figures, this is probably inaccurate, for no one can ever know even the approximate number. However, those afflicted are doubtless in need of some such book as this, since they so often seem to be hopelessly engulfed in their wretched state and know not how to orientate themselves. While not "complete," these seventy-seven chapters consider the origin and kinds of hearing defects, the influence of heredity, drugs, disease, old age, and mental attitudes, reeducation, employment, recreation, legislation, social considerations, personal adjustments, and hearing aids. An effort is made to overcome the so-called social stigma, the tendency to withdraw from one's fellows and the all important element of maladjustment. Advice is given to parents as to their attitude toward deafened children, how they can

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