Cortical effects of aging and hearing loss

Julie Mendelson, Ramesh Rajan

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Aging and hearing loss have profound consequences for the function of auditory cortex (AC). We first discuss the effects of aging on auditory processing followed by surveying consequences of deafness in the AC. In the aging effects, we begin with an overview of the changes that occur in older humans, followed by animal models of aging and cortical function. Next, we discuss possible neural mechanisms underlying aging effects and potential interventions that may retard or even reverse some of these age-related changes. In the second part of the chapter, we elaborate on the consequences of cochlear hearing losses induced by factors other than aging (non-aging hearing losses, NAHL) for responses from AC in animals and humans.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Auditory Cortex
EditorsJeffery A Winer, Christoph E Schreiner
Place of PublicationUSA
Pages493 - 511
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781441900739
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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