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J Speech Hear Res. 1991 Oct;34(5):964-81.

Clinical applications of otoacoustic emissions.

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Department of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine, University of Miami, FL.


On the basis of recent advances in auditory physiology, new tests of cochlear function have been developed using measures of otoacoustic emissions. In the present report, the clinical potential for each of the four basic emission types is examined. In addition, the practical advantages of examining the ear with two specific types of evoked emissions, transiently evoked and distortion-product otoacoustic emissions, are reviewed in detail. Finally, the future role of tests of otoacoustic emissions in the diagnosis of hearing impairment is discussed. The current view is the evoked emissions hold promise as an essential part of the clinical examination of the auditory system.

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