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February 1971

Experiments on Acoustic-Stimulated Eye Movements

Author Affiliations

Marburg, Germany
From the Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, University, 355 Marburg, German Federal Republic.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;93(2):167-172. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770060253010

Performing 239 electronystagmographic recordings with rotating acoustical stimulation in persons with normal hearing and in deaf persons, we found the following. (1) There are large sinus-like eye deviations and a series of direction-changing beats, produced by following the acoustic stimuli with closed eyes. (2) In no case did we find any sign of a vestibular response to sound. The recorded eye movements to a certain extent are comparable to optokinetic nystagmus. (3) The audiokinetic eye movements seem to be useful for testing directional hearing.

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