Level Dependence of the Latency of Cochlear Transients

  • Stephen T. Neely
Part of the Lecture Notes in Biomathematics book series (LNBM, volume 87)


An important consequence of the fact that cochlear mechanics are nonlinear is what the latency of the auditory nerve response to transient sounds is level dependent. Specifically, the latency of the neural response decreases as the sound level increases. The cochlear component of the latency of human auditory brainstem responses (ABR) t0 tone-burst sumuh has been shown to consistently decrease by about 38% for every 20 dB mcrease m the level of the stimulus (Neely et al., 1988). Moreover, this consistent latency decrease with level holds over a wide range of tone-burst frequencies and intensities.


Hair Cell Auditory Brainstem Response Outer Hair Cell Stimulus Level Human Cochlea 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen T. Neely
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  1. 1.Boys Town National Research HospitalOmahaUSA

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