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September 1958

Basic Hearing Tests and Information They Reveal

Author Affiliations

New Orleans

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;68(3):337-341. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730020349007

We may never hope to understand fully what we say so long as we think we already do.


An understanding of basic hearing tests has become a necessity for the otologist in this day of hearing rehabilitation and reconstructive otologic surgery. Perusal of any recent otolaryngologic journal reveals marked emphasis on audiologic investigation and reflects the otologist's concern as to the type of hearing test that should be used for specific problems of hearing evaluation. In the August, 1957, issue of the A. M. A. Archives of Otolaryngology of 12 major articles 7 were titled as follows: "Audiology"; "Masking Levels for Clinical Use" "Additional Data on BoneConduction Shift When the External Auditory Meatuses Are Occluded"; "A New Concept in Auditory Screening"; "Conservative Management of Chronic Otitis Media"; "Histopathology of Stapes Ankylosis," and "Aerotitis Media." A passage from "The Nature of Mathematics" by Philip E. D. Jourdain is applicable