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Neuroreport. 2013 Apr 17;24(6):271-5. doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e32835f8b30.

Brainstem processing following unilateral and bilateral hearing-aid amplification.

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Audiology and Deafness Research Group, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.


Following previous research suggesting hearing-aid experience may induce functional plasticity at the peripheral level of the auditory system, click-evoked auditory brainstem response was recorded at first fitting and 12 weeks after hearing-aid use by unilateral and bilateral hearing-aid users. A control group of experienced hearing-aid users was tested over a similar time scale. No significant alterations in auditory brainstem response latency or amplitude were identified in any group. This does not support the hypothesis of plastic changes in the peripheral auditory system induced by hearing-aid use for 12 weeks.

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