Historical Vignette Pure-Tone Hearing Loss and Hearing Loss for Speech Perspective
Perspective  |   March 01, 1998
Historical Vignette
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Wayne O. Olsen
    Audiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905
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Hearing Disorders / Perspectives
Perspective   |   March 01, 1998
Historical Vignette
American Journal of Audiology, March 1998, Vol. 7, 14-16. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0701.14
History: Received June 25, 1997 , Accepted September 19, 1997
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1998, Vol. 7, 14-16. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0701.14
History: Received June 25, 1997; Accepted September 19, 1997
Pioneering work on the relationship between hearing loss for pure tones and speech completed almost 60 years ago continues to be highly relevant even though reference levels for 0 dB HL were altered substantially in the interim.
In their 1940 article, “On the Auditory Significance of the Term Hearing Loss,” Steinberg and Gardner briefly summarized the 1938 report of the National Health Survey, Hearing Studies Series, United States Public Health Service. In that work, approximately 9,000 persons were called into 12 clinics in different sections of the country for a brief interview regarding their hearing and for audiometric testing.
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