Effect of stimulus mode on middle latency auditory evoked potentials in humans.

M. Versino, R. Bergamaschi, A. Romani, R. Callieco, F. Canegalli, V. Cosi

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Middle Latency Auditory Evoked Potentials (MLAEPs) were recorded in 35 healthy subjects; all underwent monaural stimulation and 18 of them additionally underwent binaural stimulation. The aim of the study was to determine the effect of stimulus mode on MLAEP Na, Pa and Nb components and to assess normative data for clinical purposes. MLAEPs were respectively obtained from Cz-ipsilateral ear lobe (monaural mode) and from Cz-A1 and Cz-A2 (binaural mode) by twice averaging 1000 responses to 65 dBHL alternating clicks delivered at a repetition rate of 8.1 Hz. Time base was 100 msec; analogical band-pass filter setting was 5-1000 Hz (off-line digital badpass: 20-100 Hz). The statistical analyses (paired t-test, repeated measures analysis of variance) were not able to demonstrate any differences that derived from differing sides of stimulation (monaural mode) or from differing recording derivations (binaural mode); on the contrary, we demonstrated a slight increase in waveform amplitudes when the binaural mode was employed. In particular, we observed an increase in Na-Pa peak-to-peak amplitude, whereas Pa-Nb amplitude was unmodified. This finding is explicable in terms of a binaural interaction effect. Finally, we propose some guidelines for the correct performance and evaluation of MLAEPs in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-402
Number of pages8
JournalBollettino della Societa Italiana di Biologia Sperimentale
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1991

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  • Medicine(all)


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