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March 1950

Hearing Tests and Hearing Instruments.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1950;51(3):461. doi:10.1001/archotol.1950.00700020483018

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This 600 page book is a pioneer in and major contribution to the field of audiology. It is written in a clear and concise manner and explains the numerous complicated instruments and procedures commonly used to test hearing. The chapters on the engineering aspects of the audiometer and on hearing aids are lengthy and complicated for the otologist but are invaluable as reference material. The chapters on the interpretations of audiometric data and social aspects of audiometry are brilliantly written. In a mature manner and with careful editing, the book presents practically all the accumulated knowledge that is worth knowing in this field. Everyone interested in the ear should have this book.

The 47 page bibliography is in itself a fine contribution. The authors have avoided discussing old theories and useless procedures once so prevalent in this specialty. Instead, they present not only accurate and proved technics for testing hearing,

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