Effects of Non-traumatic Noise and Conductive Hearing Loss on Auditory System Function

Neuroscience. 2019 May 21:407:182-191. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2019.01.020. Epub 2019 Jan 24.


The effects of traumatic noise-exposure and deafening on auditory system function have received a great deal of attention. However, lower levels of noise as well as temporary conductive hearing loss also have consequences on auditory physiology and hearing. Here we review how abnormal acoustic experience at early ages affects the ascending and descending auditory pathways, as well as hearing behavior.

Keywords: audiogenic seizure; conductive hearing loss; olivocochlear system; synaptic physiology; tinnitus.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Auditory Pathways / physiopathology*
  • Auditory Threshold / physiology
  • Hearing / physiology*
  • Hearing Loss, Conductive / physiopathology*
  • Hearing Loss, Noise-Induced / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Noise