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Article
December 1959

Hearing Problems in Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: Preliminary Report of Case Findings

Author Affiliations

New York; Brooklyn

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1959;70(6):776-778. doi:10.1001/archotol.1959.00730040790010
Abstract

Workers in the field of speech and hearing therapy, particularly those concerned with the rehabilitation problems of the cerebral palsied, have often been confronted in their perusal of the literature by the term "athetoid deaf." Various attempts have been made to investigate the hearing impairment which appears to be associated with athetosis. As a result of clinical observations of both the test situations and the audiometric findings on a group of subjects with cerebral palsy for whom the primary diagnosis was athetosis, the authors felt a need for more extensive investigation into the nature of this hearing loss.

This is a preliminary report and concerns itself primarily with two aspects of the investigation. The authors were interested in determining (1) whether there is a true loss of hearing sensitivity in "athetoid deafness" and (2) whether there is an audiometric configuration characteristic of the "athetoid deaf."

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