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Master of Arts (M.A.)




For over a quarter of a century a difference of opinion has existed regarding the relative value of auditory training in the education of the deaf child. The opponents have insisted that in most deaf children there is little or no residual hearing on which to use acoustic stimulation. The proponents have insisted that there are extremely few deaf children who do not have some residual hearing which could be stimulated to promote better speech, to increase speech perception, and to advance better mental health.

The purpose of this study has been (1) to investigate (a) the development of speech perception by the use of acoustic stimulation in schools for the deaf, and (b) the general tendency toward the use of the acoustic method in the schools for the deaf; and, (2) to determine whether or not auditory training has a definite place as an educational tool in the education of deaf children.