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June 1982

Effects of Hyperbilirubinemia on the Hearing and Vocal Development in Gunn Rats

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology and Pediatric Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(6):339-342. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790540011003

• Jaundiced rats do not differ from normal rats in the development of frequency-specific startle responses to sound in spite of the auditory brainstem damage in the affected rats. Jaundiced rats do show a vocal motor abnormality. Behavioral auditory results support the concept of neural involvement in early vocal development; however, the site of involvement in hearing development is still ambiguous.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1982;108:339-342)