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KIRKUS REVIEW

Dr. Canfield is Director of the New Haven Audiology Center and he has written an excellent book about the loss of hearing- an affliction which concerns some 16,000,000 directly- and of course many others indirectly. Always aware that a ""life of silence"" brings its loneliness, and often acute tension, that the loss of hearing is harder to endure than the loss of sight, he has related the many emotional factors which are involved with the physical disability- particularly in children, where the parents' attitude may be the first handicap. Types of hearing loss and their causes-in the young (and the new methods of teaching children) and in later years; the proper evaluation of hearing capacity; operations- their complications and limitations; hearing aids, and their shortcomings; and beyond that, speech- reading; all this is plainly presented along with recommendations on retraining and rehabilitation and the facilities which make such help available. Scientifically, more has been done in the last 50 years than in the preceding 500 to aid the hard of hearing, and a book such as this, which is realistic in its approach, should help to further the understanding of and adjustment to their problem.

Pub Date: May 7th, 1959
Publisher: Doubleday