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July 1955

Recruitment, Pitch Tests, and Speech-Tone Hearing Discrepancies

Author Affiliations

New London, Conn.
From the U. S. Navy Medical Research Laboratory, Submarine Base.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;62(1):66-70. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.03830010068010

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

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