Influence of the stimulus presentation rate on medial olivocochlear system assays

Sriram Boothalingam*, David W. Purcell

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Abstract

Click evoked otoacoustic emissions (CEOAEs) are commonly used both in research and clinics to assay the medial olivocochlear system (MOC). Clicks presented at rates >50 Hz in the contralateral ear have previously been reported to evoke contralateral MOC activity. However, in typical MOC assays, clicks are presented in the ipsilateral ear in conjunction with MOC elicitor (noise) in the contralateral ear. The effect of click rates in such an arrangement is currently unknown. A forward masking paradigm was used to emulate typical MOC assays to elucidate the influence of ipsilateral click presentation rates on MOC inhibition of CEOAEs in 28 normal hearing adults. Influence of five click rates (20.83, 25, 31.25, 41.67, and 62.5 Hz) presented at 55 dB peSPL was tested. Results indicate that click rates as low as 31.25 Hz significantly enhance contralateral MOC inhibition, possibly through the activation of ipsilateral and binaural MOC neurons with potential contributions from the middle ear muscle reflex. Therefore, click rates ≤25 Hz are recommended for use in MOC assays, at least for 55 dB peSPL click level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)724-732
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume137
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Copyright 2015 Acoustical Society of America. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the Acoustical Society of America. The following article appeared in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 137, 724-732 (2015) and may be found at https://doi.org/10.1121/1.4906250.

Erratum can be found at Sriram Boothalingam and David W. Purcell , "Erratum: Influence of the stimulus presentation rate on medial olivocochlear system assays", The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 137, 2987-2987 (2015) https://doi.org/10.1121/1.4919325

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