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January 1980

Aural Rehabilitation for the Elderly

Arch Otolaryngol. 1980;106(1):67. doi:10.1001/archotol.1980.00790250069019

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This book is the proceedings of a symposium on aural rehabilitation for the elderly held at North Texas State University, Denton, Tex, in October 1978. The keynote chapter traces in some detail the history of aural rehabilitation in this country from its beginnings in the four training centers set up to deal with hearing casualties during World War II; sadly, the keynote speaker, Dr John J. Gaeth of Wayne State University, Detroit, died on the eve of the symposium, and this book (commencing with his historical review) is dedicated to his memory.

Elderly persons are defined as individuals 65 years and older, and hearing loss is due mostly to presbyacusis. The relative and absolute magnitude of the task of providing effective aural rehabilitation for the elderly is beginning to emerge more clearly as the percentage of senior citizens in our population increases. In 1980, it is conservatively estimated that

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