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April 1961

Audiology Progress and Problems

Arch Otolaryngol. 1961;73(4):381-385. doi:10.1001/archotol.1961.00740020391003

Approximately 15 years ago, with the disbanding of the wartime aural rehabilitation centers, that scientific and professional area which has come to be known as audiology emerged to participate in a variety of educational and medical programs and to compete for a portion of the public and private funds available for such purposes. With the closing of Deshon, Bordon, and Hoff hospitals, audiology lost its captive population of hearing-disabled service personnel. It is doubtful if audiology could have progressed if its activities had been confined to veterans and the relatively few military personnel requiring care in the remaining centers at Walter Reed and the Philadelphia Naval Hospital. Likewise, it is doubtful if there would have developed an integrated field of audiology without the initiative and support of otolaryngologists and otolaryngology. Repeatedly, it has been acknowledged that without the Hughsons, Canfields, Goldsteins, and many, many others, the field of audiology, as

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