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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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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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