A HEARING survey by the US Public Health Service1 reveals that in the USA there are 7.4 million people with hearing loss, of whom 63% have bilateral impairments. The rate of impairment by age is 3.5 per 1,000 for those under 17 years, and 132 per 1,000 for people over 65 years. More males (25%) than females (19%) have impaired hearing. Hearing aids are used by 22% of the deaf population by only 31% of these were prescribed by physicians, 22% of these being otologists. The most disturbing finding is that 40% of the deafened population never consulted a doctor for their deafness. Otolaryngologists must strive to provide excellent attention to more people with impaired hearing.
Hearing in Children
Danish2 has demonstrated a shift in the causes of deafness in children attending schools for the deaf. Although heredity factors have not changed as a cause, there has been
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