This article reviews cochlear synaptopathy, sometimes referred to as hidden hearing loss, using an engaging Question and Answer format. Topics discussed include: the relationship between cochlear synaptopathy, noise exposure, and hearing in noise; findings from key research; and, how cochlear synaptopathy may or may not present on various audiological clinical tests.
Course created on November 12, 2018
- After this course learners will be able to define hidden hearing loss.
- After this course learners will be able to explain the findings of key research studies in the areas of cochlear synaptopathy and noise induced hearing loss in animal models and humans.
- After this course learners will be able to describe the contribution of select audiological tests in the differential diagnosis of cochlear synaptopathy.
Colleen Le Prell, PhD
Dr. Colleen Le Prell is the Emilie and Phil Schepps Professor of Hearing Science in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas; she also directs the clinical doctorate in Audiology (AuD) program which is housed at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders. She has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and several foundations, and she has led multiple industry-sponsored contracts. Current research programs in her laboratory include translational research programs directed at prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. Dr. Le Prell currently serves as immediate Past President for the National Hearing Conservation Association.
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