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February 1944

A CORRELATION BETWEEN VESTIBULAR FUNCTION AND HEARING IN THE PROFOUNDLY DEAF CHILD

Author Affiliations

PHILADELPHIA
From the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1944;39(2):164-171. doi:10.1001/archotol.1944.00680010175007
Abstract

Since no correlation between vestibular function and hearing in a series of very deaf children has been made, it seemed that such a study was justified. Then, too, certain questions were of tantalizing interest. For example, What number, if any, of profoundly deaf children exhibit normal vestibular function? Is the correlation between vestibular function and hearing such that a certain type of hearing curve can be foretold from a given result on test of vestibular function? Can any conclusions be drawn relative to vestibular function when the etiologic factor which has produced the deafness is known?

As Hughson, Ciocco and Palmer1 pointed out, the past decade has happily seen a marked increase in the understanding of the deafened person's problems. As a result, otologists are beginning to realize that their total contribution to the prevention of deafness has not been great. There has been no appreciable decrease in the proportion

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