Neural Plasticity/Neuroplasticity

Neural Plasticity/Neuroplasticity

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Professional Plasticity

The incredible power of neuroplasticity and changes that occur in brain pathways due to auditory stimulation and life experience is fascinating, as are the changes in neural pathways and brain processing with decreased auditory input after one sustains a decrement in auditory peripheral function.

According to Wikipedia, neuroplasticity “is the ability of neural networks in the brain to change through growth and reorganization. These changes range from individual neurons making new connections to systematic adjustments like cortical remapping.”

Topic(s): Neural Plasticity/Neuroplasticity, audiology

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2021

Turn Off the White Noise Immediately…Well Maybe Not!

A recent review in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery discusses potential negative unintended consequences of broadband noise (BBN) for tinnitus therapy. Attarha et al (2018) present an argument suggesting that data demonstrating influence of BBN on maladaptive plasticity in the auditory pathway may further impair central function and result in a net increase in neural activity (or loss of inhibition) related to tinnitus perception.

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