Auditory aphasia: Impairment in the understanding of auditory language and communication. Sounds are heard but they convey no meaning. The 20th century Russian composer Vissarion Shebalin had auditory aphasia after a stroke but remained an outstanding composer. The comprehension of auditory language and the musical organization of acoustic perception rely on different systems in the brain. Auditory aphasia is also known as acoustic aphasia and word deafness.
- Auditory cortex
Auditory cortex: The part of the brain that is concerned with hearing. The auditory cortex is the temporal lobe, which the lower lobe of the cerebral hemisphere just forward of the occipital lobe.
- Auditory disease, central
Auditory disease, central: A condition in which there is an inability to differentiate, recognize or understand sounds while both the hearing and intelligence are normal. The problem is “central” as regards the auditory pathways. (In technical terms, a central auditory processing disorder is a disease of the auditory pathways from the bulbar cochlear nuclei to […]
- Auditory integration training
Auditory integration training: An experimental procedure for reducing painful hypersensitivity to sound. It has proved beneficial for some people with autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders.
- Auditory perception
Auditory perception: The ability to identify, interpret, and attach meaning to sound.
- Auditory prosthesis
Auditory prosthesis: A device that enhances the ability to hear or substitutes for it. More commonly called a hearing aid. See: Hearing aid.