Abstract and Keywords
Hearing impairment is a very common disability, and improving the diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders is the most important application for auditory research. It may arise from genetic deficits or environmental assaults, affecting the normal auditory process. This article deals with the perceptual and functional consequences of hearing impairment at the system level. Damage to any part or parts of the auditory system affects normal processing and produce hearing impairment. Depending upon the degree and the site of damage, different physiological processes may be disrupted, producing not only different degrees of hearing impairment but also different perceptual and functional deficits. This study describes the wide range of hearing disorders, and their underlying physiological and ‘system level’ bases. It discusses the types of hearing impairment, linking structural damages to physiological changes and functional consequences. It also summarizes the different treatments for hearing loss, including exciting recent developments.
Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.