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learning & plasticity
This podcast by science journalist Dr Carinne Piekema explores how hearing loss affects people, in particular how it affects musicians, and what modern prosthetic devices such as hearing aids or cochlear implants can and cannot do for these patients. It contains insightful interviews with inspirational deaf musicians, some of the UKs leading hearing researchers, as well as simulations designed to show to normal listeners what it would be like to have to rely on a hearing aid or a cochlear implant.
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Pena, J. L., & DeBello, W. M. (2010). Auditory processing, plasticity, and learning in the barn owl. Institute for Laboratory Animal Research Journal 51, 338-352
In order to make sense of sound, our auditory system needs to be able to learn from experience, and to adapt to changing environments and circumstances. These adaptive processes in the auditory system occur over different time scales, some taking a few seconds, others lasting a lifetime. Chapter 7 of "Auditory Neuroscience" charts the development of our auditory perceptual abilities and places this in the context of the maturation of the ear and the central auditory pathways.