An introduction to auditory neuropathy

Hearing be tested by an objective method e. Attempt first behavioral audiogram by 1 year and insure assessment of ear specific hearing as soon as child is able. Objective hearing assessment should also be considered whenever there is parental concern or evidence of persistent middle ear effusions.

An introduction to auditory neuropathy

Bone conduction thresholds can differentiate sensorineural hearing loss from conductive hearing loss. Other tests, such as oto-acoustic emissions, acoustic stapedial reflexes, speech audiometry and evoked response audiometry are needed to distinguish sensory, neural and auditory processing hearing impairments.

Tympanometry[ edit ] A tympanogram is the result of a test with a tympanometer. It tests the function of the middle ear and mobility of the eardrum. It can help identify conductive hearing loss due to disease of the middle ear or eardrum from other kinds of hearing loss including SNHL.

Audiometry[ edit ] An audiogram is the result of a hearing test. The most common type of hearing test is pure tone audiometry PTA. PTA can be used to differentiate between conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss and mixed hearing loss.

A hearing loss can be described by its degree i. There are also other kinds of audiometry designed to test hearing acuity rather than sensitivity speech audiometryor to test auditory neural pathway transmission evoked response audiometry.

Magnetic resonance imaging[ edit ] MRI scans can be used to identify gross structural causes of hearing loss.

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They are used for congenital hearing loss when changes to the shape of the inner ear or nerve of hearing may help diagnosis of the cause of the hearing loss. They are also useful in cases where a tumour is suspected or to determine the degree of damage in a hearing loss caused by bacterial infection or auto-immune disease.

Scanning is of no value in age-related deafness. Pathophysiology[ edit ] Sensory hearing loss is caused by abnormal structure or function of the hair cells of the organ of Corti in the cochlea. If higher levels of the auditory tract are affected this is known as central deafness.

Central deafness may present as sensorineural deafness but should be distinguishable from the history and audiological testing. Cochlear dead regions in sensory hearing loss[ edit ] This section may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience.

November Learn how and when to remove this template message Hearing impairment may be associated with damage to the hair cells in the cochlea. Sometimes there may be complete loss of function of inner hair cells IHCs over a certain region of the cochlea; this is called a "dead region".

Cochlear hair cells[ edit ] Figure 3: Cross-section of the cochlea. Outer hair cells OHCs contribute to the structure of the Organ of Cortiwhich is situated between the basilar membrane and the tectorial membrane within the cochlea See Figure 3.

There are roughly twelve thousand OHCs in each human ear, and these are arranged in up to five rows. There are approximately stereocilia on each OHC.

The main function of the IHCs is to transmit sound information via afferent neurons. They do this by transducing mechanical movements or signals into neural activity.

When stimulated, the stereocilia on the IHCs move, causing a flow of electric current to pass through the hair cells.

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This electric current creates action potentials within the connected afferent neurons. OHCs are different in that they actually contribute to the active mechanism of the cochlea.Overview Additional needs - Introduction Finding out your deaf child has additional needs Communication for children with additional needs Hearing aids and cochlear implants for deaf children with additional needs Parenting tips for deaf children with additional needs Information and resources for some additional needs.

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An introduction to auditory neuropathy

Auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (sometimes called auditory neuropathy or auditory dys-synchrony) are terms used to describe a particular type of hearing problem when sounds may be transmitted normally through the middle ear and the cochlea but then do not transmit normally from the cochlea, or along the auditory nerve.

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