For many years (auditory) middle latency response (MLR) reportedly has been an excellent electrophysiological procedure for estimating frequency specific auditory thresholds. Currently the 40 Hz potential, a derivative of the MLR, holds even greater promise for threshold testing. MLR also appears to have potentially valuable applications in the evaluation of functional hearing loss and assessment of higher auditory function. However, MLR is not without controversy. Questions of origin, filtering effects, and its use in pediatric assessment are current issues surrounding applications of MLR. The following article analyzes the values and limitations of MLR within the framework of past, present, and future research and clinical uses.
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