A brain and behavior class assignment on hearing and presbycusis

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  • First, explain how normal hearing occurs. Include in your discussion the following points:
    • How is sound transmitted from the environment outside the body to the inner ear? What structures are involved, and how do they transmit sound?
    • What happens in the inner ear (cochlea) when sound waves are converted to neural signals? How is sound frequency (pitch) processed?
  • Next, summarize the causes of presbycusis and explain how they will interfere with the normal processing of sound as outlined above.
    • Discuss one source of presbycusis involving a problem with the outer/middle ear.
    • Discuss one source of presbycusis involving a problem with the inner ear.
  • Finally, describe what it might be like to have presbycusis. Include the following points:
    • If you have normal hearing now, how would your ability to converse with others be affected?
    • What activities that you now enjoy would be limited by this condition?
    • How would such a condition affect your work life?

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