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July 1944


Arch Otolaryngol. 1944;40(1):52-59. doi:10.1001/archotol.1944.00680020064008

The rapid industrial development in the United States has not been met by an adequate attempt to prevent resultant increase in traumatic deafness in the noisier branches of industry. This is due largely to the employers' refusing to recognize the entity for fear of raising the question of compensation, to the employees' evading the subject lest employment be refused those in whom hearing impairment appears and to a general lack of interest from both the legislative and the scientific points of view.

That compensation boards are making awards for losses of hearing was observed by Bunch.1 To determine how recent is this trend questionnaires were sent to the compensation commissions of each state. The commissions were asked whether the compensation laws of their state recognized occupational deafness as compensable; whether such recognition, if given, was statutory or based on decisions in the courts of the state, and at what time

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