The primary goal of this research was to provide a proof of concept for employing modeling techniques to provide reliable hearing estimates for species thought to be most liable to impacts from common, active sound sources deployed in the oceans, including seismic operations. These data are necessary for determining ranges of interest for playback experiments and for species specific risk assessments for hearing impacts. The anatomical investigations, because they involve whole head analyses, may also assist in determining effective electrode and sound source placements for future efforts on auditory brainstem response (ABR) measures in live stranded baleen whales.
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