SIMULATED BLINDNESS HELPS HEIGHTEN HEARING

Simulated Blindness Helps Heighten Hearing

Research suggests that eliminating visual stimuli for a period could counter hearing loss. After mice were kept in absolute darkness for a week, they were able to detect softer sounds than mice that were exposed to natural light for that same period. The week of darkness also caused changes to the structure of the brain’s auditory cortex. These effects, though not permanent, lasted for several weeks after they were returned to a lighted environment.More… Discuss

 

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