Extra-Auditory Effects of Sound on the Special Senses

  • Joseph R. Anticaglia


The auditory pathways of the nervous system consist of specific projections to the auditory cortex and non-specific projections to the reticular formation. Impulses from the reticular formation are transmitted to different areas of the brain and also influence the peripheral autonomic nervous system (Figure 1) (1,2). In this way, acoustic stimulation may influence both auditory and non-auditory processes. This paper reviews the effects of sound (and noise) upon the semsory processes and its use as an audio-analgesic.


Noise Exposure Galvanic Skin Response Stria Vascularis Critical Flicker Frequency Temporary Threshold Shift 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph R. Anticaglia
    • 1
  1. 1.Bureau of Occupational Safety and HealthCincinnatiUSA

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