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March 1929

CHICAGO LARYNGOLOGICAL AND OTOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Regular Monthly Meeting, Nov. 5, 1928

Arch Otolaryngol. 1929;9(3):352-360. doi:10.1001/archotol.1929.00620030370015

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Abstract

THEAUDIOMETERS. DR. HORACENEWHART (by invitation).

The development of the audiometer marks a new era in the progress of otology. Previous to its perfection otologists were handicapped by the lack of an accurate standardized method of testing and recording hearing acuity. This fact naturally retarded research, made uncertain the results of treatment and was responsible in a large measure for the small interest and poor attainment in the prevention of deafness and conservation of hearing on a large scale.

The otologist must acknowledge his large obligation to the physicist, especially to the telephone engineer, who in his need for an accurate, scientific and practical method for obtaining fundamental knowledge regarding the capacity and requirements of the ear in long distance telephone transmission, devised the audiometer as it is now known. Special mention in this connection should be made of the work of Dr. Harvey Fletcher and his associates

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