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Auditory Neuropathy: Hearing Without Understanding

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Auditory Neuropathy is a condition where someone with or without hearing loss experiences problems with perceiving speech. They hear the words, they just can’t process them correctly. They may be able to hear sounds just fine, but still have difficulty recognizing spoken words.

From the NIH website:

“Auditory neuropathy is a hearing disorder in which sound enters the inner ear normally but the transmission of signals from the inner ear to the brain is impaired. It can affect people of all ages, from infancy through adulthood. The number of people affected by auditory neuropathy is not known, but the condition affects a relatively small percentage of people who are deaf or hearing-impaired.”

The article will give you more information on the following:

  • What is auditory neuropathy?
  • What causes auditory neuropathy?
  • What are the roles of the outer and inner hair cells?
  • Are there risk factors for auditory neuropathy?
  • How is auditory neuropathy diagnosed?
  • Does auditory neuropathy ever get better or worse?
  • What treatments, devices, or approaches help people communicate?
  • What research is being done for auditory neuropathy?
  • Where can I get additional information?

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