A mentally deficient man, aged 30, was brought to my office by his mother because of a "ticking" in his ears that at times interfered with sleep. Though very frail as an infant, the patient seemed to be well until he was 5 years old when, following a fright, he appeared to be afraid of everything and everybody. He did not do well in school and even with a tutor made little progress. He could not read and was jealous of those who could. He performed simple chores about the farm. In boyhood, he would have convulsions after a fright but he has not had these during recent years.
The head noises had been present for at least twelve years. A number of physicians had been consulted and the patient had received many treatments for "catarrh." The noises had been worse for the past three months. Up to this point