Medicine: Miraculous Instrument

Seven and a half million people in the U.S. are deaf or hard of hearing. A lot of them would hear and feel much better, doctors say, if they wore a hearing aid. Thanks to recent improvements in such aids, and to large-scale studies of hearing during World War II, ear specialists now take a more hopeful view about deafness than they used to.

Some of the hopeful new findings were reported last week in a book called Hearing and Deafness: A Guide for Laymen (Murray Hill Books; $5). The authors are a group of topflight experts headed by Dr. Hallowell...

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