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August 1956

The Use of Hearing Aids for Severely Deaf Children

Author Affiliations

Manchester, England

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;64(2):151-156. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830140067010

In this discussion of the problem of the use of hearing aids it should be understood that the children referred to here are severely and profoundly deaf. That is to say, they are children who, as a result of the onset of deafness before or immediately after birth, or during early infancy, are unable to acquire speech and language naturally unless special help is given. Obviously children whose handicap is less severe will benefit very much from the use of aids, but in their case the therapy is more obvious and the results well established.

Preschool Children  Until seven or eight years ago the use of hearing aids by small children was not thought desirable. In fact, until the development of more compact and lighter aids it was not practicable, since no infant would find pleasure in being encumbered by bulky and heavy apparatus. This point is an important one