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June 1956

Conservation of Hearing in a Small Town

Author Affiliations

Mattoon, III.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;63(6):606-608. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830120066010

Deafness in the student of the elementary and secondary schools remains a challenge to educators, parents, and to the physician. Education of the parent and the instructor, of the student, is one of the keynotes of its possible correction. The family physician and the otologist must be ever on the lookout for minimal deafness or have the problem referred to them for diagnosis and possible therapy.

The parent often honestly believes the student is daydreaming and thus does not pay attention when spoken to. The parent often tells the examiner, "My Johnny hears when it is something he wants to hear, but never hears when asked to do something."

The instructors, in their busy schedule, often believe the same of the student and do not have the time to delve into the individual problem.

Many articles have appeared in the journals concerning state-wide and metropolitan investigations of youth hearing problems.

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