DURING the past three years I have had the privilege of studying 29 cases of total deafness due to meningitis. None of the patients gave a history of deafness occurring in the family. I am convinced that all of them, had normal hearing at the inception of their meningitis. With the exception of the 3 patients who had meningitis before the age of 12 months, they all had speech normal for their age. The primary purpose of this paper is to study the changes occurring in the speech of such patients. Therefore, I have eliminated all cases in which there was more than residual hearing. By residual hearing, I mean no better hearing than that indicated by a 75 decibel loss up to 500 cycles per second and no response above this frequency.
The literature on this subject is meager. The reason lies in the fact that until the antibiotics
KINNEY CE. LOSS OF SPEECH DUE TO MENINGITIC DEAFNESS. Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;47(3):303–309. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690030323005
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