A Commentary of An Interesting Case

Editor’s note: I am most pleased to have Jim Jerger make a contribution to our Pathways Column. Correctly considered the “father of diagnostic audiology”, Dr. Jerger has seen and reported on many fascinating diagnostic cases. He has always been a champion for the clinical audiologist, supporting the practitioner in many positive ways. Dr. Jerger’s excellent…

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Dynorphins: Their Likely Role in Neural Excitotoxicity and Inflammation within the Cochlea

by Tony L. Sahley, Ph.D., CCC-A Acoustic overstimulation (AOS) is defined as an over-exposure to stressfully loud sounds. AOS often results in symptoms that include a chronic reduction in hearing sensitivity, referred to as a sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). AOS is the principal cause of acquired SNHL and is second only to SNHL that is…

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Pathways in the Brain Germane to Audiologists: A Brief Commentary

by  Frank E. Musiek, Ph.D.   Most audiologists are familiar with at least two major pathways in the brain. One is the ascending (and descending) auditory brainstem pathway and the other is the ascending (and descending) vestibular brainstem pathway. In the cerebrum there are also pathways of importance to audiology. These include, in our view,…

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The Internal Auditory Meatus (IAM): It’s neuroanatomy & comment

by Frank E. Musiek   Introduction The internal auditory meatus (IAM) is a canal in the temporal bone that extends from the bony cochlea medially to an opening in the posterior aspect of the petrous portion of the temporal bone. This structure is germane to audiologists because it contains three nerves of interest to audiologists:…

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