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Br J Audiol. 1992 Aug;26(4):245-53.

Latency stability of auditory brainstem responses in children aged 10-12 years compared with younger children and adults.

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Institute for Neurogenic Communication Disorders, University of Arizona, Tucson 85721.


Previous articles have reported the results of using standard clinical procedures in our laboratory for testing auditory brainstem responses (ABR) in a repeated-measures design, in order to quantify ABR latency and amplitude stability in normal young adults. In a subsequent paper, these findings were extended to include the results of similar procedures in a group of seven children ranging in age from 5 to 7 years. The current experiment involves repeated-measures ABRs in a group of nine children ranging in age from 10 to 12 years. Results indicate that while these older children show the expected similarities with adults in terms of ABR peak latencies, their latency stability values are in some cases significantly lower than adults. At the same time, ABR stabilities measured in the older children show some differences compared to data from the younger children studied previously. For all groups, the same types of patterns are observed: (1) significant differences contrasting the degree of between-subject v. within-subject latency stability; (2) clear individual differences characterizing subjects; (3) within-subject distinctions according to ear of stimulation; and (4) instances of good replicability of the 'latency-stability profiles' calculated for one set of repeated waveforms v. a second set collected later in testing.

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