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March 20, 1967

Hearing Loss

JAMA. 1967;199(12):949-950. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120120137045

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This practically oriented text was prepared by a well-known specialist in the field of industrial deafness, who designed his book to bring physicians and other students of hearing loss a useful guide to the intricasies of otologic examination, diagnosis, and hearing assessment. The 27 chapters discuss areas ranging from the classification of hearing losses with tuning forks, the inter-pretation of a pure-tone audiogram, various causes of conductive hearing and sensory-neural hearing losses, mixed central and functional hearing impairment, tinnitus and vertigo, techniques for hearing tests, and hearing loss in children. Since the book was not intended as a scholarly work on hearing, its simplicity and straightforward writing are both refreshing and appropriate; however, there are many inaccuracies or anachronisms included probably more because of expedience than ignorance on the part of this experienced author.

For example, the author continues to recommend mastoid placement in bone conduction testing, makeshift masking without