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June 28, 1952

Auditory Training for the Deaf

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By Mary Wood Whitehurst and Edna K. Monsees. Paper. $3.12. Pp. 99. Volta Bureau, 1537 35th St., N.W., Washington 7, D. C., 1952.

JAMA. 1952;149(9):903. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930260105027

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This book, essentially a manual for teachers, was written in order to provide a method and basic lesson material for auditory training of the deaf. The authors, both experienced in working with persons with hearing impairment, have adapted many of the lessons for home study and practice by the pupil aided by an assistant. In general, the lessons furnish material for listening experiences in sound contrasts, sounds in words, sentences and songs, and rhythmic patterns. It is felt that these experiences will enable the child with a residuum of hearing to recognize sounds and, thus, to improve his understanding of speech. Combined with lip reading, the training in recognition of sounds should enhance the information carried to the brain. The manual is in the tradition of Urbantschitsch's "Über Hörübungen bei Taubstummheit," which appeared in the 1890's in Vienna and Goldstein's "The Acoustic Method," which was published in 1939.

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