Dichotic listening and otoacoustic emissions: Shared variance between cochlear function and dichotic listening performance in adults with normal hearing

Vladlena Markevych, Arve E. Asbjørnsen, Ola Lind, Elena M Plante, Barbara K Cone-Wesson

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The present study investigated a possible connection between speech processing and cochlear function. Twenty-two subjects with age range from 18 to 39, balanced for gender with normal hearing and without any known neurological condition, were tested with the dichotic listening (DL) test, in which listeners were asked to identify CV-syllables in a nonforced, and also attention-right, and attention-left condition. Transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs) were recorded for both ears, with and without the presentation of contralateral broadband noise. The main finding was a strong negative correlation between language laterality as measured with the dichotic listening task and of the TEOAE responses. The findings support a hypothesis of shared variance between central and peripheral auditory lateralities, and contribute to the attentional theory of auditory lateralization. The results have implications for the understanding of the cortico-fugal efferent control of cochlear activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-339
Number of pages8
JournalBrain and Cognition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011



  • Auditory lateralization
  • Contralateral suppression
  • Dichotic listening
  • Transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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