The effect of noise bandwidth on the contralateral suppression of transient evoked otoacoustic emissions

David S Velenovsky, T. J. Glattke

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether the bandwidth or loudness of a contralateral stimulus is the most important factor in evoking suppression of transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs). TEOAEs were measured in both ears of 10 women in quiet and in the presence of one of three contralateral noise bands; narrow band (NB), wide band (WB) and equalized (EQ), all centered at 2000 Hz. The NB (100 Hz bandwidth) and WB (2200 Hz bandwidth) noises were presented at 60 dB SPL. The SPL of the EQ (100 Hz bandwidth) noise was adjusted such that it was equal in loudness to the WB noise as determined using a psychoacoustic procedure. Only the WB noise was associated with a significant reduction of TEOAE levels. It is believed that this effect occurred because the WB noise has greater effective energy representation across frequency on the basilar membrane as it may receive more gain from the action of the cochlear amplifier. Results of the present study indicate that noise bandwidth is the most important factor in the contralateral suppression of TEOAEs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalHearing Research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2002



  • Contralateral suppression
  • Critical band
  • Noise bandwidth
  • Otoacoustic emission
  • Transient evoked otoacoustic emission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sensory Systems

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