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Electrophysiological and morphological development of the inner ear in Belgian Waterslager canaries

Brittan-Powell, Elizabeth F ; Dooling, Robert J ; Ryals, Brenda ; Gleich, Otto



Abstract

Belgian Waterslager (BW) canaries have an inherited hearing loss due to missing and abnormal hair cells, but it is unclear whether the loss is congenital or developmental. We used auditory brainstem responses and scanning electron microscopy to describe the development of auditory sensitivity and hair cell abnormalities in BW and non-BW canaries. In both strains, adult ABR thresholds were higher ...

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