Fetal Exposures to Sound and Vibroacoustic Stimulation

@article{Gerhardt2000FetalET,
  title={Fetal Exposures to Sound and Vibroacoustic Stimulation},
  author={Kenneth J. Gerhardt and Robert M Abrams},
  journal={Journal of Perinatology},
  year={2000},
  volume={20},
  pages={S21-S30}
}
Sounds in the environment of a pregnant woman penetrate the tissues and fluids surrounding the fetal head and stimulate the inner ear through a bone conduction route. The sounds available to the fetus are dominated by low-frequency energy, whereas energy above 0.5 kHz is attenuated by 40 to 50 dB. The fetus easily detects vowels, whereas consonants, which are higher in frequency and less intense than vowels, are largely unavailable. Rhythmic patterns of music are probably detected, but… CONTINUE READING

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