NIH study shows the deaf brain processes touch differently – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. A recent study suggests that since the auditory cortex of profoundly deaf people is not exposed to sound stimuli, it adapts and takes on additional sensory processing tasks.
Karns: In any scientific study we’re asking a specific question, and the question we were trying to answer is what happens to the hearing regions of the brain when a person is born deaf.
Narrator: Dr. Christina Karns is an NIH postdoctoral research associate.
Karns: The reason that we want to know the answer to this question is it tell us something about how the brain develops.
Narrator: For more information on this study, visit www.nidcd.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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