The modern otologist in every civilized land is not contented to pause when his professional verdict of incurable deafness has been given. He is keenly interested in the general welfare of his deafened patient and in the inauguration of measures for his rehabilitation. He recognizes that the personal problem before him is psychologic as well as medical, and that it is a social as well as a psychologic problem. He realizes the importance of making a survey of the psychologic conditions and reactions to the handicap of acquired deafness in the case of each person—man, woman or child—found to have an incurable impairment of the sense of hearing.
DEAFENED PERSONS AS CRIPPLES
Defects of the hearing function in those who have from birth enjoyed normal hearing acuity mean a serious crippling of one of the major senses. The sense of hearing is the principal avenue for receiving instruction, warning and