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April 1962

The Otologist's Responsibility in "Audio Analgesia"

Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;75(4):293-294. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740040302001

Recently a technique for the use of sound to reduce pain in dental procedures, a process called "audio analgesia," has created quite a stir among dentists, and some commercial concerns are now manufacturing equipment to produce the necessary sound stimulus. As a result of this, there has appeared in The Journal of the American Dental Association an article on this topic written by the Council on Dental Therapeutics.1 As part of this publication there is included a section on minimum requirements for apparatus for "audio analgesia" concerned chiefly with the safe limits of sound that can be used. From the otologist's standpoint, it is interesting to note that two most important questions have been raised by the Council concerning the use of devices to produce "audio analgesia."

In the first place it is brought out that the efficacy of the technique as determined by controlled clinical studies has not