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October 29, 1892

TREATMENT OF OPACITIES OF THE MEMBRANA TYMPANI, ACCOMPANIED WITH DEAFNESS.Read in the Section of Laryngology and Otology, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XIX(18):513-514. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420180007001e

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A distinguished writer on ear diseases says that between the ages of 20 and 40 nearly every third person has some difficulty of the hearing with one ear at least. Although this statement may be somewhat exaggerated, still we know from our everyday experience in practice that there is a very large number of people along towards middle life who no longer hear well with one ear at least, and that, while during the years from 20 to 40, the number who are completely deaf is comparatively few, still the number whose hearing power is below normal is very great.

If we examine these cases carefully, we will find that a fairly large percentage of them present ears with no evidence of disease. In a still larger number, however, the drum-head of one and often of both ears, present conditions of opacity either circumscribed or general, with more or less

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