Search tips
Search criteria 


Logo of procrsmedFormerly medchtJournal of the Royal Society of MedicineProceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine
Proc R Soc Med. 1965 August; 58(8): 637–640.
PMCID: PMC1898817



Dr T E T Weston describes his research into the effect of noise on hearing acuity and of deafness in the aged. He found that presbyacusis is associated with a multiplicity of factors, e.g. smoking, circulatory disturbance, urban domicile, heredity and occupational acoustic trauma.

Miss W Galbraith describes the social implications of various degrees of deafness and the ways in which they can be overcome by such measures as lipreading, hearing aids and rehabilitation.

Sir Terence Cawthorne discusses otosclerosis, nearly 1% of the population being affected by this type of deafness. He describes the modern operation of insertion of an artificial piston through the stapes and states that 90% of cases submitted to this operation will show immediate improvement, whilst 85% should still have retained this improvement at the end of two years.

Full text

Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (767K), or click on a page image below to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.

Selected References

These references are in PubMed. This may not be the complete list of references from this article.
  • ANGELUSCHEFF ZD. Sonochemistry and the organ of hearing. Acta Otolaryngol. 1956 Sep-Oct;46(5):386–397. [PubMed]
  • VAN DISHOECK HA. Die Vorbeugung von Berufstaubheit. Munch Med Wochenschr. 1956 Nov 23;98(47):1625–1628. [PubMed]
  • NOVOTNY O. Uber Larmschäden des Ohres durch den Grossstadtverkehr; Untersuchungen an Verkehrspolizisten Wiens. Monatsschr Ohrenheilkd Laryngorhinol. 1957 Dec;91(6):348–364. [PubMed]
  • WESTON TE. PRESBYACUSIS. A CLINICAL STUDY. J Laryngol Otol. 1964 Mar;78:273–286. [PubMed]
  • YAFFE CD, JONES HH, WEISS ES. Industrial noise and hearing loss in a controlled population; first report of findings. Am Ind Hyg Assoc J. 1958 Aug;19(4):296–312. [PubMed]

Articles from Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine are provided here courtesy of Royal Society of Medicine Press