Medicine: Help for High-Frequency Hearers

A new "translator"device brings sound within range

After a bout with measles, three-year-old Karyl Ann Mirmelstein of Newport News, Va., seemed strangely unresponsive. Her mother consulted a number of doctors, who variously attributed the child's behavior to sibling rivalry with her baby sister, a learning disability, and even mental retardation. "I knew this couldn't be true," says Rona Mirmelstein. "I could see that Kam was very bright, perhaps more so than most children." Yet it was not until Kam was six that doctors acknowledged that her problem was her hearing. The results of an...

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