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ERIC Number: EJ781394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9924
Contralateral Suppression of Linear and Nonlinear Transient Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions in Neonates at Risk for Hearing Loss
Durante, Alessandra Spada; Carvallo, Renata Mota Mamede
Journal of Communication Disorders, v41 n1 p70-83 Jan-Feb 2008
To investigate the transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE) contralateral suppression in neonates at risk for hearing loss, 55 neonates at risk for hearing loss (risk group) and 72 full-term neonates not at such risk (control group) were bilaterally tested. In all neonates, the TEOAE were recorded in two stimulation modes (linear and nonlinear clicks), with and without contralateral acoustic stimulation. Findings revealed significant contralateral suppression of otoacoustic emissions in both groups, but the amount of TEOAE contralateral suppression was reduced for at risk group (p = 0.001), supporting the hypothesis that medial olivocochlear bundle function is reduced in neonates at risk for hearing loss. The combination of contralateral acoustic stimulation and TEOAE enables easy and noninvasive study of auditory efferent function. However it should be emphasized that the reduction in TEOAE contralateral suppression in the risk group, statistically identified as a group effect, might not be detectable in individual cases. Further studies are needed in order to determine whether the lower amount of TEOAE contralateral suppression in neonates at risk for hearing loss represents a risk for developing auditory processing disorders.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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