• Joseph E. HawkinsJr.
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


Deafness (anacusis) is the complete inability to hear speech and other sounds, however much they may be amplified. Persons with partial deafness (hypoacusis, dyacusis) are correctly described as hard of hearing or as having a hearing loss. Chaucer was choosing his words carefully when he described his Wyf of Bathe as only “som-del deef.”


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Further reading

  1. Ballantyne J (1984): Deafness, 4th ed. New York: Churchill LivingstoneGoogle Scholar
  2. Davis H, Silverman SR (1978): Hearing and Deafness, 4th ed. New York: Holt, Rinehart and WinstonGoogle Scholar
  3. Jerger J, ed (1984): Hearing Disorders in Adults. San Diego: College-Hill PressGoogle Scholar
  4. Schuknecht HF (1974): Pathology of the Ear. Cambridge: Harvard University PressGoogle Scholar

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