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J Acoust Soc Am. 1999 Apr;105(4):2384-91.

Frequency glides in the impulse responses of auditory-nerve fibers.

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Boston University Hearing Research Center, Boston University, Massachusetts 02215, USA.


Previous reports of frequency modulations, or glides, in the impulse responses of the auditory periphery have been limited to analyses of basilar-membrane measurements and responses of auditory-nerve (AN) fibers with best frequencies (BFs) greater than 1.7 kHz. These glides increased in frequency as a function of time. In this study, the instantaneous frequency as a function of time was measured for impulse responses of AN fibers in the cat with a range of BFs (250-4500 Hz). Impulse responses were estimated from responses to wideband noise using the reverse-correlation technique. The impulse responses had increasing frequency glides for fibers with BFs greater than 1500 Hz, nearly constant frequency as a function of time of BFs between 750 and 1500 Hz, and decreasing frequency glides for BFs below 750 Hz. Over the levels tested, the glides for fibers at all BFs were nearly independent of stimulus level, consistent with previous reports of impulse responses of the basilar membrane and AN fibers. Implications of the different glide directions observed for different BFs are discussed, specifically in relation to models for the auditory periphery as well as for the derivation of impulse responses for the human auditory periphery based on psychophysical measurements.

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