Journal article

Neonatal sensorineural hearing loss affects neurone size in cat auditory midbrain

N Nishiyama, NA Hardie, RK Shepherd

HEARING RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2000

Abstract

We examined the effect of a neonatal sensorineural hearing loss on the soma area of neurones in the central nucleus of the inferior colliculus (ICC) in adult cats to evaluate the role of auditory experience on neuronal atrophy within the auditory midbrain. Three groups of animals were used: bilaterally deafened, unilaterally deafened and normal hearing controls. Soma area measurements were made from the laminated central and medial divisions of the ICC of eight deafened and two normal hearing cats. A small but significant reduction in soma area was evident for bilaterally deafened animals compared with normal hearing controls (P<0.05, Dunnett's test). In contrast, there was no significant di..

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