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February 1938


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;27(2):151-153. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650030160002

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The importance of the hearing of speech and a plea for the serious consideration of it in the study of otology can be accentuated by the following axiomatic statements:

Language—that coin in the realm of communication—can be only partially learned when there is poor hearing of speech.

Education is slow, difficult, partial or incomplete without hearing of speech.

Economically, a person is usually greatly handicapped by inability to hear speech well.

Socially, the hard of hearing and the deaf are often seriously maladjusted.

As a consequence of the appreciation of these facts, there is a deservedly growing interest in speech hearing among educators, sociologists and psychologists, as well as among otologists. More than any one else, the deafened man himself insists on the seriousness of his situation.

Otologists in the past have focused their attention largely on the patient's efficiency in hearing pitches within the hearing range, and they have

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