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Frequency-specific maturation of the eighth nerve and brain-stem auditory pathway: evidence from derived auditory brain-stem responses (ABRs)



Frequency-specific maturation of the eighth nerve and brain-stem auditory pathway: evidence from derived auditory brain-stem responses (ABRs)



Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 91(3): 1576-1586



Previous studies of human auditory development using frequency-specific auditory brain-stem responses (ABRs) have reported that maturation for both peak and interpeak latencies occurs earlier for responses generated by low-frequency stimuli. In two of these studies, low-frequency ABRs presumed to originate from apical locations in the cochlea were likely dominated by activity from higher frequency regions closer to the base. In the present study, the high-pass noise-masking technique was used to generate derived ABRs that represent activity from isolated place specific regions along the basilar membrane. Analysis of auditory brain-stem maturation based on I-V interpeak latency differences with adult means revealed a frequency-specific pattern of development. Developmental changes occurred faster and mature function was attained earlier for ABRs from the mid-center-frequency (CF) derived conditions than from either the highest or lowest CF derived conditions. The differential maturation of mid-CF derived ABRs may reflect the delayed effects of the pattern of development that occurs in the cochlea.

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Accession: 040174155

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PMID: 1564195

DOI: 10.1121/1.402439


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