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January 14, 1899

Restoration of Hearing.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(2):89. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450290039013

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Macon, Ga., Jan. 4, 1899.

To the Editor:  —I send you the following sketch of a case which I believe to be unique: In July of last year there was brought to me for treatment a young white man, and the following history given: Born in Georgia, 18 years of age, he had never had any serious sickness, and gave no history of any of the eruptive fevers, but was born deaf. On careful examination I found him in a generally good physical condition, all organs except the ears performing their proper functions. Bone conduction of sound was acute and a rudiment of hearing by aerial conduction sufficient to catch only the highest pitch of the human voice thrown directly into the left ear. The tympanic membranes were tightly distended and the turbinated bones enlarged. Since he could not hear he could not speak. He exhibited a great desire for

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