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September 1961

Successful Binaural Hearing Aid Users

Arch Otolaryngol. 1961;74(3):302-304. doi:10.1001/archotol.1961.00740030309012

Previous investigations1-3 have called attention to the probable role of psychological factors underlying the acceptance or rejection of hearing aids despite technological advances in design, style, and concealability. The basic assumption that a 30-40 db. or greater hearing loss in the better ear automatically qualifies an adult as a successful candidate for a hearing aid may be untenable for a number of reasons. One may hypothesize that poor physical health, senility, decreased life span, narcissism, rigidity, poor learning ability, and pride (in the forms of vanity or sensitivity) are prime factors which greatly reduce the number of successful, adult hearing aid users. To overstate the point, it would be hazardous to extrapolate from the degree of organic hearing loss and the status of the ears, nose, and throat to the above-mentioned variables. Yet, as a first step, one cannot deny the importance of the ENT examination and the audiological

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