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HEARING LEVEL, HEARING LOSS, AND THRESHOLD SHIFT

HEARING LEVEL, HEARING LOSS, AND THRESHOLD SHIFT This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract To the Editor: The following excerpt from our recent paper in the A. M. A. Archives of Industrial Health entitled, "The Medical Principles of Monitoring Audiometry" (Davis, H.; Hoople, G., and Parrack, H. O.: A. M. A. Arch. Indust. Health 17:1-20, 1958), speaks for itself. "Hearing Level, Hearing Loss, and Threshold Shift.—The familiar term 'hearing loss' includes three quite distinct concepts, and much confusion and many unnecessary arguments have occurred in court rooms, in committee rooms and in clinics because of this semantic monstrosity. These three concepts are (1) the otological meaning—symptom indicating an abnormal condition of hearing, (2) the audiological meaning: the status of hearing as measured by a reading in decibels on the hearing-loss dial of an audiometer, and (3) the common sense meaning—a change for the worse in the sensitivity of hearing. It has been particularly difficult in medicolegal situations to reconcile the second http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A.M.A. Archives of Otolaryngology American Medical Association

HEARING LEVEL, HEARING LOSS, AND THRESHOLD SHIFT

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1958 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0096-6894
DOI
10.1001/archotol.1958.00730020123011
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Abstract

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract To the Editor: The following excerpt from our recent paper in the A. M. A. Archives of Industrial Health entitled, "The Medical Principles of Monitoring Audiometry" (Davis, H.; Hoople, G., and Parrack, H. O.: A. M. A. Arch. Indust. Health 17:1-20, 1958), speaks for itself. "Hearing Level, Hearing Loss, and Threshold Shift.—The familiar term 'hearing loss' includes three quite distinct concepts, and much confusion and many unnecessary arguments have occurred in court rooms, in committee rooms and in clinics because of this semantic monstrosity. These three concepts are (1) the otological meaning—symptom indicating an abnormal condition of hearing, (2) the audiological meaning: the status of hearing as measured by a reading in decibels on the hearing-loss dial of an audiometer, and (3) the common sense meaning—a change for the worse in the sensitivity of hearing. It has been particularly difficult in medicolegal situations to reconcile the second

Journal

A.M.A. Archives of OtolaryngologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 1, 1958

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