disorder in which sound enters the normally, but is impaired when signals move from the inner ear to the .
About Auditory Neuropathy
Auditory is a disorder in which sound enters the normally but the of signals from the inner ear to the is impaired. It can affect people of all ages, from infancy through adulthood. The number of people affected by auditory neuropathy is not known, but the condition affects a relatively small percentage of people who are deaf or hearing-impaired.
People with auditory may have normal , or ranging from mild to severe; they always have poor speech-perception abilities, meaning they have trouble understanding speech clearly. Often, speech perception is worse than would be predicted by the degree of hearing loss. For example, a person with auditory neuropathy may be able to hear sounds, but would still have difficulty recognizing spoken words. Sounds may fade in and out for these individuals and seem out of sync.
What causes auditory ?
Although auditory is not yet fully understood, scientists believe the condition probably has more than one cause. In some cases, it may involve damage to the inner —specialized sensory cells in the that transmit information about sounds through the to the . Other causes may include faulty connections between the inner hair cells and the leading from the inner ear to the brain, or damage to the nerve itself….