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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Recent Examples on the Web Doctors put cochlear implants in both ears, the devices delivering sound directly to the auditory nerve. Janet Shamlian, CBS News, "Kansas 2-year-old hears for the first time thanks to cochlear implants," 4 Aug. 2020 When noise hits our eardrums, tiny hairs convert it into an electric signal, which travels through the auditory nerve to the temporal lobe. Popular Science, "This is why you mishear popular song lyrics," 23 Jan. 2020 Unlike hearing aids that simply amplify sounds, the implant sends digital sound signals to the auditory nerve, which then sends the signal to the brain. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "When playing Santa became difficult due to hearing loss, Utah man gets life-changing device," 19 Dec. 2019 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

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1713, in the meaning defined above

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“Auditory nerve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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