Overexposure effects of a 1-kHz tone on the distortion product otoacoustic emission in humans

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Abstract

The effects of overexposure on the properties of distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs) are investigated. In total, 39 normal-hearing humans were monaurally exposed to a 1-kHz tone lasting for 3 min at an equivalent threshold sound-pressure level of 105.5 dB. The effects of overexposure were studied in two experiments (1) on the broadband DPOAE and (2) on the DPOAE fine structure, measured using a higher frequency resolution in a narrower frequency range. The obtained DPOAE shifts were compared to temporary threshold shift (TTS) obtained after a similar exposure. Similarities between DPOAE shifts and TTS were found in the affected frequency range and the time course of recovery. The amount of TTS was higher in the early recovery time (1-4 min postexposure), but similar to the DPOAE shift (even in absolute terms) at later recovery times (5-20 min postexposure). The DPOAE fine structure was not systematically changed after the exposure.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume122
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)378-386
ISSN0001-4966
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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