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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 230-232

Effect of practicing yoga on functioning of efferent auditory system

Department of Audiology, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Prashanth Prabhu
Department of Audiology, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Manasagangothri, Naimisham Campus, Mysore - 570 006, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/indianjotol.INDIANJOTOL_87_17

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Introduction: The present study attempted to determine the effect of practicing Yoga on the functioning of the efferent auditory system using contralateral suppression of otoacoustic emissions (OAE). Method: The efferent suppression of transient evoked OAE (TEOAE), and distortion product OAE (DPOAE) was recorded from 40 participants (20 who practice Yoga regularly and 20 who do not practice yoga regularly). Results: The results of this study showed that there was an increase in the amount of suppression of both TEOAE and DPOAE in individuals who practice Yoga. The result suggests that Yoga enhances the sensory perception and improves auditory attention. The constant practice of Yoga could have led to the plasticity of the efferent auditory system. Conclusions: Thus, the practice of Yoga may be used to strengthen the efferent auditory system. However, further studies on a larger group of the population are essential for better clinical applicability of the results.

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