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February 25, 1956

Functional Otology: The Practice of Audiology

JAMA. 1956;160(8):724. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960430114032

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Abstract

This volume deals with many problems associated with the practice of audiology. It tells how an audiological testing room is designed, suggests requirements that the room should meet, and provides a check list of equipment for a hearing testing room. The authors obviously have audiology centers in mind and offer check lists of specifications. The book tells what to look for when selecting a pure tone audiometer and how to use it. It goes into the problem of hearing loss and what to do about it. Speech audiometry is given a prominent part, and instructions on how to conduct a speech test are given. A list of spondaic and phonetically balanced words is recorded. Under definitions, the authors have defined "hard of hearing," "deaf," and "deafness" in a way that is different from that of most otologists, who regard the word "deaf" as meaning complete loss of hearing or at

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