Blog Post Image: A Short Stay in Darkness May Heal Hearing Woes

When adult mice were kept in the dark for about a week, neural networks in the auditory cortex, where sound is processed, strengthened their connections from the thalamus, the midbrain’s switchboard for sensory information. As a result, the mice developed sharper hearing. This enhanced image shows fibers (green) that link the thalamus to neurons (red) in the auditory cortex. Cell nuclei are blue. Image by Emily Petrus and Amal Isaiah

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