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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2014 Jul;15(7):483-91. doi: 10.1038/nrn3744.

Is the din really harmless? Long-term effects of non-traumatic noise on the adult auditory system.

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Centre de Neurosciences Paris-Sud (CNPS), CNRS UMR 8195, Paris, France; and the Université Paris-Sud, Bâtiment 446, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France.
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta T2N 2V1, Canada.


People are increasingly being exposed to environmental noise from traffic, media and other sources that falls within and outside legal limits. Although such environmental noise is known to cause stress in the auditory system, it is still generally considered to be harmless. This complacency may be misplaced: even in the absence of cochlear damage, new findings suggest that environmental noise may progressively degrade hearing through alterations in the way sound is represented in the adult auditory cortex.

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