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Hear Res. 2001 Aug;158(1-2):57-64.

Human auditory middle latency responses: influence of stimulus type and intensity.

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Center of Biomagnetism, Institute of Experimental Audiology, University of Münster, Kardinal-von-Galen-Ring 10, D-48129, Münster, Germany.


Human auditory middle latency responses (MLR) to click and tone pip stimuli of different intensities were recorded by means of magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG). Clicks elicited larger responses with significantly shorter latencies than the tone pips at the same intensity in dB sensation level (SL). Most MLR amplitudes increased and their latencies decreased with increasing stimulus intensity for both types of stimulation. Pa and Nb amplitudes saturated at intensities of 60 dB SL in the case of click stimulation. The shorter latencies of MLR evoked by the click were explained by its short rise time and the high frequency content of its spectrum. MEG source analysis yielded MLR sources which were clearly different from those of the slow cortical wave N1. They seem to be located in primary auditory areas along Heschl's gyrus.

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