The concept of the audiological team, as envisaged by Canfield,1 has proved a powerful tool in attacking a variety of problems in the borderland between otology, experimental psychology, and the psychophysiology of speech communication. The otologist, burdened as he is with an overwhelming sense of medical responsibility for the patient, a responsibility which at any moment can become a matter of life and death, cannot afford to consider the patient's problem in the abstract, apart from the patient's well-being. Nor can the otologist for practical reasons take the patient's and his own time for extensive psychophysical testing, much of which would of necessity be exploratory and irrevelant to the questions of diagnosis and treatment. On the other hand, the speech communications engineer, or the psychologist interested in, for example, loudness scaling or the integration of energy in short pulses, certainly cannot afford to overlook the medical aspects of
HARRIS JD, HAINES HL, MYERS CK. Recruitment, Pitch Tests, and Speech-Tone Hearing Discrepancies. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;62(1):66–70. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.03830010068010
Monkeypox Resource Center
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.