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May 1952


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;55(5):525-527. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710010539001

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EVERY practicing otolaryngologist sees many patients with either a moderate hearing loss or a hearing loss in only one ear. Though these persons seldom complain of their slight handicap, they are often anxious to know whether or not they might be helped by the use of hearing aids. It is the responsibility of the otolaryngologist to give them advice in regard to suitable auditory rehabilitation.

If the hearing loss is 30 db. or more for the speech frequencies in the better ear, the use of a hearing aid should be recommended. If the loss is less than 30 db. in one or both ears, it is necessary to make a careful appraisal of the patient and his hearing problem before a decision in regard to the use of a hearing aid can be made.

At the Abington (Pa.) Otological Clinic, with which I used to be associated, 9% of the

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