Strengthening of hearing ear representation reduces binaural sensitivity in early single-sided deafness

Andrej Kral*, Peter Hubka, Jochen Tillein

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Abstract

Single-sided deafness initiates extensive adaptations in the central auditory system, with the consequence that a stronger and a weaker ear representation develops in the auditory brain. Animal studies demonstrated that the effects are substantially stronger if the condition starts early in development. Sequential binaural cochlear implantations with longer interimplant delays demonstrate that the speech comprehension at the weaker ear is substantially compromised. A pronounced loss of the ability to extract and represent binaural localisation cues accompanies this condition, as shown in animal models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
JournalAudiology and Neuro-Otology
Volume20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Asymmetric hearing
  • Cochlear implants
  • Hearing loss
  • Unilateral deafness

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