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March 1941


Arch Otolaryngol. 1941;33(3):483-506. doi:10.1001/archotol.1941.00660030489015

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President's Address: Observations on the Conservation of Hearing.Dr. Horace Newhart, Minneapolis.  Achievement in the prevention and alleviation of poor hearing until recently has been slow. There have been extenuating circumstances: the anatomic inaccessibility of the ear; the inadequacy of classic hearing tests; the widespread belief that efforts to prevent, cure or compensate are futile; the indifference to organized efforts at conservation, and the lack among physicians and educators of familiarity with fundamental facts pertaining to the subject.Research has disclosed many previously unrecognized causes of impairment of hearing, and clinical experience shows that many patients for whom treatment has hitherto been hopeless can be helped.The most effective means for reducing the high incidence of hearing defects is the periodic testing of school children by audiometers. It is predicted that audiometric tests will be made routinely of registrants in educational institutions and of members of industrial, military, naval and various

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