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Preconditioning to sound is a well-documented strategy to provide protections against a subsequent acoustic trauma. In the present study, preconditioning (1.0 kHz tone at 81 dB sound pressure level (SPL) for 24 h) protected ABR thresholds by 17-28 dB from an acoustic trauma (2.7 kHz, 103 dB SPL, 30 min) that resulted in a temporary threshold shift. The(More)
The purpose of the present study was to determine if short-term sound conditioning provides protection when delivered either before (forward sound conditioning) or after (backward sound conditioning) a traumatic exposure in the guinea pig. Two different sound conditioning paradigms were studied (1 kHz, 81 dB SPL, 24 h; 6.3 kHz, 78 dB SPL, 24 h). The 1-kHz(More)
It was previously shown that tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) immunoreactivity in the terminals of the lateral efferents of the cochlea is decreased by acoustic trauma and that sound preconditioning counteracted this decrease [Hear Res 174 (2002) 124]. Here we identify those neurons in the lateral olivocochlear system (LOC) in the brainstem that regulates the(More)
Dopamine released from lateral efferent fibers modulates the activity of the auditory nerve, but the signaling mechanism by which this is mediated is not known. The present study investigated the signal transduction pathway for the dopamine D1 receptor in the guinea-pig cochlea. D1 receptor immunolabeling was localized to the spiral ganglia neurons and at(More)
The BALB/c mouse is an established model for the early development of sensorineural hearing loss, and is homozygous for the Ahl allele (age-related hearing loss). The present study was designed to determine how auditory peripheral pathology influences calcium-binding protein immunoreactivity in the cochlear nucleus in aged BALB/c mice. To address this issue(More)
Apoptosis plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of noise-induced hearing loss. The goal of this study was to determine if apoptotic pathways are suppressed by sound conditioning. Sound conditioning is a pretreatment to low-level non-damaging sound that protects against a subsequent damaging acoustic trauma. Sound conditioning protects against hair cell(More)
Environmental enrichment to sound stimulation, in the adult, can promote physiological changes and protection against trauma in the auditory peripheral and central nervous system. Sound enrichment, or sound conditioning is a method that utilizes a low-level, non-damaging acoustic stimulus as a protective agent. Pre-treating subjects to a moderate or(More)
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