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Hearing loss has long been one of the common ailments affecting man, but only in the last few years has it begun to receive attention commensurate with its importance. The early detection and treatment of hearing loss have, in the past, been difficult to realize because man is able to compensate for moderate amounts of loss and because the precision electronic instruments necessary for accurate tests of hearing have only recently become generally available. At present, a widespread interest in conservation of hearing has been stimulated by the increasing social need for general hearing ability good enough to permit persons to use and enjoy radio, television, and the telephone and by the promulgation of laws which provide for payment of compensation to persons who have lost hearing through occupational hazards.
Techniques for testing hearing have been improved considerably during the past few years, but current testing methods are still too
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