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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Accuracy of measured auditory memory may be negatively impacted by deficient functioning of the auditory system in the form of a hearing loss or an auditory processing disorder

Vasiliki (Vivian) Iliadou1, Nikolaos Moschopoulos1, Aikaterini Eleftheriadou2, Ioannis Nimatoudis1 1Clinical Psychoacoustics Lab, 3rd Department of Psychiatry, Neuroscience Sector, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece 2Department of Occupational Therapy, Metropolitan College, Thessaloniki, Greece   Measurement of Cognition -a psychiatric paradigm One of the most frequently assessed cognitive skills in medical practice is that of…

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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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Congenital and Acquired Amusia as Categories of CAPD (Part 2)

Carrie M. Clancy, B.A., M.M. Graduate Student, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona   Part 1 of this article provided a brief overview of congenital and acquired amusia as forms of CAPD. Part 2, presented here, is intended to suggest potential avenues for continued research regarding both congenital and acquired amusias.…

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