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Stimulus repetition rate and the reference levels for clicks and short tone bursts: a warning to audiologists, researchers, calibration laboratories, and equipment manufacturers.
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PMID:  18056876     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To make the audiologic community aware of a technical issue with potential for misunderstanding that could affect the design, calibration, and use of auditory brainstem response (ABR) systems. METHOD: Two international standards published in 2007 relating to the stimuli commonly used in ABR tests were studied and the behavior of a commercially available ABR system examined with regard to the relationship between stimulus level and repetition rate. RESULTS: There is potential for misunderstanding of the need to compensate for the effect of stimulus rate on stimulus level. Although rapidly presented stimuli appear louder as the rate is increased, it is inappropriate to compensate for this when calibrating the stimulus level of ABR systems. CONCLUSIONS: Users of ABR systems should, if possible, use the stimulus reference levels now available in an international standard rather than establish local values. No adjustment of level should be made to account for different stimulus repetition rates. Users of ABR systems should check their systems to ensure that no automatic level adjustment is made; if necessary, equipment manufacturers should be consulted.
Guy Lightfoot; Yvonne Sininger; Robert Burkard; Andre Lodwig
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of audiology     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1059-0889     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Audiol     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-06     Completed Date:  2008-02-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9114917     Medline TA:  Am J Audiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  94-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Engineering, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Prescot Street, Liverpool L7 8XP, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Acoustic Stimulation / standards*
Audiology / methods*
Calibration / standards*
Evoked Potentials, Auditory, Brain Stem / physiology*
Physician's Practice Patterns / standards*
Professional Competence*

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