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August 1969

Hearing Standards—Fact or Fiction?

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Otologic Medical Group, Los Angeles.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;90(2):208-213. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770030210024

THE NEED for education, and for the skilled personnel that education creates, has never been greater than it is today. Many individuals seeking educational opportunities or applying for employment are rejected on the basis of unrealistic physical standards.

The purpose of this presentation is to review some of these unrealistic standards as they pertain to hearing, standards that prevent one from pursuing his educational interests or obtaining employment in his particular skill.

Unrealistic School Placement Hearing Standards  My interest in this subject developed after many years of sharing the disappointment of parents of hearing handicapped children when their hopes for the child's future ended in despair due to unrealistic school placement hearing standards.Children with impaired hearing are assigned to various school programs by school administrators or placement personnel. The assignments are based on the child's audiogram rather than the child's ability to function in his environment. Consequently, many children

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