THE EVALUATION of the patient's requirements for amplification through the use of the hearing aid is one of the means of hearing rehabilitation which should be used in private otological practice. Other methods useful to the otologist in hearing rehabilitation in eligible subjects are closure of tympanic perforations, treatment of secretory otitis media with effusion, surgical correction of congenital atresia of the external auditory canal, and fenestration surgery. Since every patient should have the benefit of the optimum rehabilitation for his individual impairment, the patient needs thorough otological clearance before any one method of rehabilitation is chosen.
The hearing aid is a satisfactory means of overcoming the hearing handicap in certain persons. Over the course of several years with the hearing handicapped, one of the most noteworthy mistakes observed in hearing aid users, and those making recommendations, fittings, and sales of hearing aids, has been an ignorance of, or an
GUILFORD FR, HAUG CO. THE OTOLOGIST AND THE HEARING AID. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(1):9–15. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020022003
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