Dopamine drives neuroplasticity in the auditory pallium region of the zebra finch brain, researchers report.
Temporal sound processing can be maintained in mouse models of congenital hearing loss with exposure to broadband sounds embedded with pauses, a new study reports.
Studying auditory regions and brain pathways in humans, apes, and monkeys, researchers have identified a language pathway that interconnects the auditory cortex with frontal lobe regions. The language pathway in other primates suggests an evolutionary basis in auditory cognition and vocal communication.
The brain activity response to sound in older children with hearing loss was lower than their peers with normal hearing.
Rodent study reveals noise-induced hearing loss is associated with elevated expression of proinflammatory cytokines and microglia activation in the primary auditory cortex. Pharmacologically depleting microglia helps prevent tinnitus in mice with noise-induced hearing loss.
Musical training may enhance the ability to process speech in noisy settings, a new study reveals.
It has often been claimed that exposure to loud noises in recreational activities, such as at a music concert, contributes to hidden hearing loss. New research finds no evidence to support the theory that permanent hearing difficulties occur as a result recreational noise exposure.
LMU researchers report neural activity in the auditory system has a direct effect on myelination. Higher levels of neural activity resulted in the formation of thicker myelin sheaths and enhanced speed of signal transmission.