auditory nerve


Definition of auditory nerve

: either of the eighth pair of cranial nerves connecting the inner ear with the brain and transmitting impulses concerned with hearing and balance — see ear illustration

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Then, a transmitter converts signals from the processor into electric impulses, which are sent to the auditory nerve. Michelle Lou, CNN, "The moment a toddler heard sound for the very first time," 21 June 2019 The procedure involves implanting a small electronic device into a person's ear, bypassing damaged portions of the ear and stimulating the auditory nerve, according to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Michelle Lou, CNN, "The moment a toddler heard sound for the very first time," 21 June 2019 These implants communicate directly with the auditory nerve, using external sounds to mask tinnitus, according to the NIDCD. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is Tinnitus?," 30 Jan. 2019 In people who have dysfunctional or dead hair cells, cochlear implants work by electrically stimulating auditory nerve cells directly. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 Signals generated by the implant are sent by way of the auditory nerve to the brain, which recognizes the signals as sound. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "A 1-year-old heard sound for the first time, and her mother broke down in tears," 2 July 2018 The cilia discharge electrical impulses that are routed through the auditory nerve to the brain. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Protect your ears: you might not realize what’s hurting them," 19 June 2018 At the time, many of House’s colleagues considered the idea of hacking into the auditory nerve absurd. NBC News, "Memory-boosting brain implants are in the works. Would you get one?," 23 Apr. 2018 These vibrations make fluid inside your cochlea move, stimulating tiny hair cells that send nerve impulses to the brain via the auditory nerve. Amber Brenza, SELF, "Why Do My Earbuds Always Fall Out?," 4 Feb. 2018

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1713, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of auditory nerve

: either of the eighth pair of cranial nerves connecting the inner ear with the brain, transmitting impulses concerned with hearing and balance, and composed of the cochlear nerve and the vestibular nerve

called also acoustic nerve, auditory, eighth cranial nerve, vestibulocochlear nerve

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