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Hear Res. 1996 Jul;96(1-2):1-12.

The effects of continuous versus interrupted noise exposures on distortion product otoacoustic emissions in guinea pigs.

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Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. kchang@u.


Distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) were measured serially in guinea pigs before and following 4-h exposures to a half-octave band of noise centered at 6 kHz. Stimulus parameters used to elicit the DPOAE were f2/f1 = 1.26 and L2 = L1-10. The 80 dB SPL exposures resulted in attenuation of emissions, which was maximal at the frequency one-half octave above the exposure when referenced to the f2 stimulus, and which recovered back to baseline after 2 days. The 90 dB SPL exposures resulted in a permanent deficit in emissions elicited by high-frequency stimuli, as measured after 8 days of recovery. A statistically significant difference was also found between animals exposed continuously for 4 h versus animals given two 2-h exposures separated by a 1-h break. Measures of f2-f1 and 3f1-2f2 indicated that they were more sensitive than 2f1-f2 to alterations in cochlear function after noise exposure.

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