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By Ellis Douek

Listening to is likely one of the such a lot empowering of our senses; it allows us to paintings, socialise and speak. it really is not easy to visualize dwelling in a silent global, but simply 60 years in the past this was once the inevitable end result for almost all of individuals with ear affliction or language difficulties. these days, almost everyone could be helped to a point and lots of cured. yet how did we get right here?

This e-book tells the attention-grabbing tale of technological know-how and medicine's successful conflict with deafness, overlaying the entire listening to illnesses and the growth in their remedy from the start of Ellis Douek's occupation within the Fifties to the current day. in contrast to different books on listening to, this covers language issues in addition to the surgical procedure of deafness; it's a e-book approximately human communique, discussing track and poetry in addition to delving into the scientific technology.

In our growing older inhabitants, listening to problems are more and more part of lifestyle; that they're normally treatable shouldn't be taken with no consideration. This e-book may be the 1st reference for an individual who has skilled listening to loss and wish to understand extra approximately listening to and language improvement, and for execs in listening to technological know-how, drugs and allied fields of interest.

Readership: pros facing communique problems and listening to technology together with Surgeons, Paediatricians, Audiologists, medical professionals, Therapists and academics.

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There was a surreal quality about this experience as they went through the motion of sending us real tickets, even though they were free, and having ushers at the doors as in normal performances. The London Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Claudio Abbado and soloists such as Rudolf Serkin played. In normal circumstances these would have been important and highly publicised concerts; instead as we entered the dark and as yet unopened building there was an air of mystery. A secret concert was taking place.

Indd 36 36 Ô 5/9/2014 8:45:00 AM b1760 Overcoming Deafness: The Story of Hearing and Language Ô Hearing Ô Patients may be surprised and amused, although some cannot believe, to know they are hearing the tuning fork better on their deaf side. Some overlook the evidence of their own senses. No one has a problem comparing the loudness of the tuning fork when it is first presented in front of the ear and then pressed against the bone behind. Of course we can hear better through the ear otherwise we would not bother to have one.

Remnants of the cartilage which had formed the first and second arches in the foetus have become three separate little bones or ossicles which articulate with one another. These are called the malleus or hammer, the incus or anvil and the stapes or stirrup. They were given these names by imaginative anatomists of the past because of their fancied resemblance to these implements. indd 28 28 Ô 5/9/2014 8:44:58 AM b1760 Overcoming Deafness: The Story of Hearing and Language Ô Hearing Ô although everyone still has a hammer, few know what an anvil or stirrup look like and they may as well be referred to by their Latin names.

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