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Article
February 1955

A PSYCHOLOGICAL AID IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF DEAFNESS OF EMOTIONAL ORIGIN

Author Affiliations

Berkeley, Calif.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(2):217-219. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020231010
Abstract

ON THE basis of their audiograms, six boys were considered in need of the facilities of a school for the deaf.* However, on the basis of psychological investigation, each has been found to present problems, the solution of which could have more effectively been dealt with in other settings, i. e., they were not organically deaf.

Audiometric data on each of the six cases are listed in the Table. For each, it became clear that the primary disorder was not one of sensory impairment, but rather of a psychological disturbance, but there was the similarity, in all, of a hearing disorder expressing itself as a symptom of the psychologic disturbance.

Three cases illustrating different causal conditions for the defective response to audiometric testing are reviewed below.

REPORT OF CASES  Case 1.—The psychologist's diagnosis of an autistic withdrawal state, confirmed in psychoanalytic treatment, explained the audiometric findings. This student was in

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