Central Auditory Skills In Blind And Sighted Subjects

Chava Muchnik, Michal Efrati, Esther Nemeth, Michal Malin, Minka Hildesheimer

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Central auditory skills in blind and sighted subjects. Much nik, Ch., Efrati, M., Nemeth, E., Malin, M. and Hildesheimer, M. (School for Communication Disorders, Speech. Language and Hearing, the Chaim Slieba Medical Center and Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Hashomer, Israel). Scand Audiol 1991; 20:19-23. Three different central auditory skills were compared and evaluated in 56 blind and 40 sighted subjects. The study consisted of three experiments conducted in three subgroups. Experiment A was performed in order to evaluate the localization function; experiment B for the temporal auditory resolution ability of the blind adult, and experiment C to test the ability of the blind person to discriminate speech material in noise. In all three experiments the blind subjects obtained significantly better results than the sighted subjects. From these results it was concluded that there is supporting evidence of a certain superiority of the blind individual with regard to central auditory function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-23
Number of pages5
JournalScandinavian Audiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1991


  • auditory perceprion
  • blindness
  • central auditory


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