and Overview.- The Physiology of Cochlear Presbycusis.- Cell Biology and Physiology of the Aging Central Auditory Pathway.- Closing the Gap Between Neurobiology and Human Presbycusis: Behavioral and Evoked Potential Studies of Age-Related Hearing Loss in Animal Models and in Humans.- Behavioral Studies With Aging Humans: Hearing Sensitivity and Psychoacoustics.- Binaural Processing and Auditory Asymmetries.- Effects of Senescent Changes in Audition and Cognition on Spoken Language Comprehension.- Factors Affecting Speech Understanding in Older Adults.- Epidemiology of Age-Related Hearing Impairment.- Interventions and Future Therapies: Lessons from Animal Models.
This volume brings together noted scientists who study presbycusis from the perspective of complementary disciplines, for a review of the current state of knowledge on the aging auditory system. Age-related hearing loss (ARHL) is one of the top three most common chronic health conditions affecting individuals aged 65 years and older. The high prevalence of age-related hearing loss compels audiologists, otolaryngologists, and auditory neuroscientists alike to understand the neural, genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying this disorder. A comprehensive understanding of these factors is needed so that effective prevention, intervention, and rehabilitative strategies can be developed to ameliorate the myriad of behavioral manifestations.
The goal of The Aging Auditory System is to provide a basic reference for graduate students, clinicians, and researchers on fundamental principles of presbycusis, with a focus on recent discoveries that have implications for altering prevention, diagnosis and treatment of this disorder.