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Letters to the Editors
February 1962

"PROGRESSIVE DEAFNESS"

Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;75(2):181-182. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740040187020

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Abstract

To the Editor: I want to congratulate you for the improved format of the Archives. I now read more articles than formerly.

I am, however, confused about the term "progressive deafness." In German, Taubheit, which is equivalent to the English word "deafness," means that there is no hearing, either no audiometric response or no practical usable response. Where there is some useful hearing left we call it Schwerhörigkeit of such and such degree, and this, of course, might be progressive. Would not the term "hearing impairment" or "hard of hearing" be more appropriate rather than "progressive deafness"?

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