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November 1986

Hearing and Balance in the Elderly,

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1986;112(11):1214. doi:10.1001/archotol.1986.03780110090017

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This monograph, part of a series on medicine in old age, was born out of the need for a comprehensive text dealing with the effects of aging on hearing and balance—a timely subject, indeed, considering this burgeoning population group and our specialty's need for information on it. To his credit, the editor, Hinchcliffe, has assembled a scholarly collection of articles providing current, in-depth literature reviews directed at practitioners and researchers in this area.

The book is divided into two sections on hearing and balance, with nine chapters for each. The groundwork for subsequent discussion is set by a chapter on the prevalence and epidemiology of hearing loss in the elderly, drawing on experiences in the United Kingdom, followed by lengthy anatomical, physiological, and pathophysiological chapters on hearing and vestibular mechanisms. For example, Barnes' chapter on vestibular mechanisms is an in-depth (240 references) review including major research findings in the vestibular

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