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November 1968

Hearing Aids on Prescription.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;88(5):573. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010575028

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Two important observations must be pointed out before discussing the text. The first is the total lack of background data qualifying the author to write the book. This, in turn, has been shrouded by the author whose multiple acknowledgments of San Francisco medical doctors and the publisher's bold print listing on the cover of the introduction written by "John A. T. Roth, MD." The author, I have been told, is a hearing aid dealer in San Francisco, a point which in itself most certainly fails to justify his authority. Secondly, all audiograms in the text are headed by the author's name, street address, and telephone number. To me this is an unacceptable form of advertising for even the hearing aid dealer.

The first part of the text is concerned with the measurement of hearing loss and of hearing aid function and is based upon an incomplete understanding of both audiology

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