Cochlear Hearing Loss: Physiological, Psychological and by Brian C. J. Moore

By Brian C. J. Moore

Because the first variation was once released in 1998, massive advances were made within the fields of pitch notion and speech belief. furthermore, there were significant adjustments within the means that listening to aids paintings, and the positive factors they give. This e-book will supply an knowing of the alterations in conception that ensue whilst someone has cochlear listening to loss so the reader is familiar with not just what does take place, yet why it occurs. It interrelates physiological and perceptual facts and offers either this and simple recommendations in an built-in demeanour. The aim is to express an knowing of the perceptual alterations linked to cochlear listening to loss, of the problems confronted by means of the hearing-impaired individual, and the restrictions of present listening to aids.

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In this case, the loss of absolute sensitivity (elevation of threshold) occurs mainly because of reduced responses on the BM to low-level sounds. For more severe losses, it is likely that both OHCs and IHCs are damaged. When the IHCs are damaged, a greater response of the BM is needed to produce a ‘threshold’ amount of neural activity. In extreme cases, the IHCs may be completely non-functional over a certain region of the BM, in which case there is no transduction of BM-vibration in that region and no responses of neurones innervating that region.

As a result, several changes occur: the sensitivity to weak sounds is reduced; so sounds need to be more intense to produce a given magnitude of response on the BM, the tuning curves on the BM become much more broadly tuned and all of the frequency-selective nonlinear effects weaken or disappear altogether. 1 BASILAR MEMBRANE RESPONSES There have been many studies showing that the responses of the BM are highly physiologically vulnerable. 9. Generally, the tuning on the BM becomes less sharp, and the sensitivity around the tip is reduced, when the cochlea is damaged.

A perceptual consequence of this is that individual low harmonics can often be ‘heard out’ as separate tones, while higher harmonics cannot be individually heard; this is described more fully in Chapter 3, Section VII. These factors play a crucial role in the perception of complex tones, as is explained in Chapter 6, Section II. 7 OTOACOUSTIC EMISSIONS Evidence supporting the idea that there are active biological processes influencing cochlear mechanics has come from a remarkable phenomenon first reported by Kemp (1978), although predicted by Gold (1948).

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