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Acoustic enhancement of electrically-evoked otoacoustic emissions reflects basilar membrane tuning: experiment results.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Hearing research
Publication Date
Volume
70
Issue
1
Pages
121–126
Identifiers
PMID: 8276728
Source
Medline

Abstract

Acoustic enhancement of the electrically-evoked otoacoustic emissions (EEOEs) was investigated by systematically varying acoustic frequency and intensity. The results demonstrated that simultaneous acoustic stimulation at frequencies around the characteristic frequency of the electrical current injection place was most effective in enhancing low-frequency EEOEs. Moreover, it was demonstrated that the enhancement was tuned and graded. The enhancement threshold tuning curves (defined as sound pressure level needed to achieve 1 dB of enhancement) resembled basilar membrane tuning at high sound pressure levels. The data suggest that the emissions were generated from a cochlear region near the electrode place, and the magnitude of the enhancement depends on the magnitude of the basilar membrane response to the acoustic stimulus.

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