Can noise makes listening and learning easier?

Associate Professor Wayne Wilson Ph.D. Head of Audiology, The University of Queensland, Australia, E: w.wilson@uq.edu.au.   It is widely suggested that noise impairs cognition (e.g., Ronsse & Wang, 2010; Shield & Dockrell, 2003). For this reason, we often seek to reduce noise particularly in learning environments such as schools and universities. But what if noise…

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Edge Frequency Plasticity and the Central Auditory Nervous System

Frank Musiek, Ph.D., University of Arizona   Edge frequency plasticity (EFP) of the central auditory nervous system (CANS) is a phrase that reflects some current interest in the research of auditory plasticity. It is also related to cochlear implants – especially for high frequency sensorineural hearing loss (HFSNHL), trans-synaptic degeneration, frequency discrimination, and even the…

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Pediatric Central Auditory Processing Evaluation

Editor’s note: After a number of requests to publish CAPD reports, we are pleased fulfill this demand. Louise Levy, a very busy, practicing clinician, has agreed to submit a CAPD report for the readership to view for this month’s Pathways article.   LOUISE LEVY M.S., CCC-A AUDIOLOGIST Name ZZ DOB: xx/xx//2008 Background Z was seen…

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Dr. Shivashankar’s Case Commentaries (Part 2)

Ediitor’s Note: This is part 2 of Case Commentaries by Dr. Shivashankar. Part 1 focused on a case of unusual conductive hearing loss and a Case of Landau Kleffner Syndrome.   Case C: An unpardonable error due to lack of in-depth knowledge about the spectrum of hearing difficulties an individual can have This is the…

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