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October 1987

Electrically Evoked Middle-Latency Auditory Potentials in Cochlear Implant Candidates

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(10):1072-1077. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860100050020

• Electric middle-latency auditory evoked responses (EMLRs) to transtympanic promontory stimulation were obtained from 19 of 22 ears of profoundly hearing-impaired patients evaluated for cochlear implant candidacy. The EMLRs were characterized by positive polarity peaks with latencies ranging from 20 to 30 ms, with the majority of responses exhibiting peaks in the range of 26 to 30 ms. Generally, the configuration of the EMLRs closely resembled the configuration of acoustic MLRs. While in most cases, behavioral thresholds to identical promontory stimulation were slightly lower, EMLR thresholds closely approximated behavioral electrical promontory thresholds. The EMLR thresholds correlated positively with implanted thresholds and exhibited a negative correlation with implanted dynamic current ranges.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1987;113:1072-1077)

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