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January 1950

PLIGHT OF THE NERVE-DEAF PATIENT: The Uselessness of All Present Therapy; the Practical Usefulness of Aural Rehabilitation

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Arch Otolaryngol. 1950;51(1):1-24. doi:10.1001/archotol.1950.00700020020001

THIS thesis is the outcome of one otologist's personal experiences with the deafened and hard of hearing in a prewar private practice of six and a half years; a war experience of three and a half years, most of which was spent in intimate contact with casualties of this type in a position of authority in the Army Program for the Aural Rehabilitation for the Deafened and Hard of Hearing, and, finally, a short postwar experience in private practice, continuing to date.

This triple experience has led me to serious reflections on the total inadequacy of present methods of managing deafness, particularly nerve deafness as it occurs in adults in private, and what might be termed nongovernmental, practice. It has also led me to certain conclusions, which, paradoxically, are both specific and vague, about what should be done to improve these methods.

While my particular concern is with nerve deafness,

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