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5 mHz oscillations in OAE intensity following sound exposure.
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PMID:  18532399     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Otoacoustic emission (OAE) intensity is highly stable in healthy ears but can be temporarily reduced following noise exposure. This reduction in OAE intensity is well correlated with temporary noise induced hearing threshold elevation and is presumed to be due to metabolic fatigue in the outer hair cells. These cells are responsible for the generation of OAEs and are essential for the maintenance of normal hearing threshold. The severity and recovery of post exposure OAE reduction in an individual is therefore of interest for hearing protection purposes. This paper concerns the regulation of outer hair cell status and the effect of overstimulation on that regulation. We measured OAE level fluctuations following mild over stimulation (e.g., 100 dBSPL for 2 ms) in order to observe the dynamics of OAE regulation. We propose this parallels outer hair cell physiological regulation. Under-damped oscillations in OAE level occur typically at a frequency of 5 milliHertz after sound exposure. We find oscillations are excited by both the onset and offset of overstimulation and a linear model explains our observations. The oscillation is clearly not itself a fatigue process but fatigue is revealed by the need for a small depression of the baseline of the OAE oscillations.
David Kemp; Oliver J Brill
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America     Volume:  123     ISSN:  1520-8524     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3852     Citation Subset:  IM    
UCL Ear Institute, UCL Centre for Auditory Research, 332 Gray's Inn Road, WC1X8EE London, UK,
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