Steady-state evoked potentials (SSEPS): a new tool for the accurate assessment of hearing in cochlear implant candidates [Abstract]
AuthorBurton, Martin J.; Rance, G.; Rickards, Field W.; Cohen, L. T.; Clark, Graeme M.
Source TitleInternational Symposium - Cochlear Implants - New Perspectives
Document TypeConference Item
CitationsBurton, M. J., Rance, G., Rickards, F. W., Cohen, L. T., & Clark, G. M. (1992). Steady-state evoked potentials (SSEPS): a new tool for the accurate assessment of hearing in cochlear implant candidates [Abstract]. In International Symposium - Cochlear Implants - New Perspectives, Toulouse.
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Determining hearing thresholds is crucial in assessing cochlear implant candidates; never more so than in young children unable to undergo behavioural audiometry. In these children an objective measure of hearing is desirable. Steady-state evoked potentials (SSEPs) are potentials recorded from the scalp and simultaneously analysed. Stimuli ore amplitude and frequency modulated pure tones. A system has been developed which allows the presence of such a response to be automatically detected and the technique thus permits an objective, frequent specific assessment of hearing threshold to be mode in sleeping or awake subjects (1). This paper investigates the use of SSEPs in determining hearing thresholds in young profoundly deaf children who are candidates for cochlear implants. Responses in such patients are compared with those obtained in normal adults, neonates and experimental animals. Results indicate that the SSE? can provide a consistent and reliable measure of threshold and the technique appears to have a number of advantages over the auditory brainstem response: automated response detection removes the subjective element of threshold determination, higher levels of stimulus presentation are possible, low frequency threshold determination is more accurate and the testing procedure IS quicker.
Keywordsotolaryngology; evoked potentials; SSEPs; cochlear implants
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