Can ferrets wear earphones? Earphones make it possible to precisely control the sound heard by each ear. This allows us to simulate different forms of hearing loss and create virtual auditory environments. It also enables us to produce unnatural sounds that can create auditory illusions. All of these features make earphones an invaluable experimental tool for studying how the brain hears. In this paper, we created earphones that can be worn by ferrets. This is important because ferrets are one of the most important species for understanding the neuroscience of auditory learning and development.
Nodal FR, Keating P, King AJ (2010) Chronic detachable headphones for acoustic stimulation in freely moving animals. J Neurosci Methods 189:44-50.
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