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Open Access Exploring the Use of Iterative Recordings of Frequency-Following Responses to Uncover Hidden Hearing Loss

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Hidden hearing loss may be related to a loss or a dysfunction of auditory nerve fibres associated with noise exposure history and aging. Such functional degradation should reduce the stimulus information encoded in the auditory nerve, but information pooling across fibres may result in frequency-following responses (FFRs) being barely different from normal responses. This study investigated the possibility of amplifying the reduction of stimulus information by recording the FFR iteratively; i.e. by converting the FFR to a stimulus file and recording another FFR in response to it. Iterated FFRs were found to contain detectable stimulus information, but there was no evidence that they reflected hidden hearing loss.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2018

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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