Estrogen Affects Auditory Sensitivity

Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered that the hormone estrogen plays a pivotal role in how the brain processes sounds.

The findings, published in the May 5 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, show for the first time that a sex hormone can directly affect auditory function, and point toward the possibility that estrogen controls other types of sensory processing as well. Understanding how estrogen changes the brain’s response to sound, say the authors, might open the door to new ways of treating hearing deficiencies.

Of particular interest is that estrogen modulates the gain of auditory neurons. This finding could be a critical to the successful treatment of  sound discrimination problems and hypersensitivity to sounds in the future. 

University of Rochester (2009, May 6). Estrogen Controls How The Brain Processes Sound. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 5, 2009, from

Good Vibrations

Using Music to Enhance Sensory Processing



Ben had serious balance and mobility issues and delays in his language development. Having Neurofibromatosis (NF1), such developmental delay is often seen. In June 2007 he began The Listening Program® from Advanced Brain Technologies using the relatively new addition of bone conduction stimulation.

“Very quickly, Ben’s language skyrocketed. He began to speak in 4-7 key word sentences with much more accurate sound reproduction”  Ben’s Mum, Helen

As the developer of The Listening Program® we at Advanced Brain Technologies are very happy for Ben and the wonderful gains he is making in his life.  What an inspiration he is!  

Read the full article written by Alan Heath that was published in SEN Magazine in the United Kingdom.