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Paracusis of Willis

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The ability to hear better in noise. The patient experiences better understanding of speech in a noisy environment. This phenomenon is characteristic of all patients with conductive hearing loss; it occurs because people speak louder in noisy surroundings.


  • T. Willis:
    De anima brutorum, quae hominis vitalis ac sensitiva est, excertitatione duae, prior physiologica, altera pathologica.
    Oxford, 1672; London, 1672; Amsterdam, 1672.
    In chapter XIV, which is devoted to hearing, Willis described the ”paracusis of Willis” on page 73.

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