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June 1955


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;61(6):648. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.00720020666008

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The increasing interest in the phenomenon of hearing during the past few decades has produced extensive literature on the numerous problems related to hearing and the ear. These problems have attracted investigators from such diverse scientific disciplines as otology, anatomy, psychology, physiology, physics, electronics, speech and hearing therapy, insurance, law, and many others.

Newly developed media for communication are placing new values and a greater importance upon the sense of hearing in modern society. The nature and extent of these values are now in the process of evolution. They will undoubtedly be determined by the social sciences and arts as well as economics, but it is safe to say that hearing is being considered as a more vital sense than ever before. Defects in hearing are producing handicaps of dynamic significance.

At present common problems in hearing are being investigated through various approaches and reported in numerous journals and publications

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