Otoacoustic Emissions in an Adult With Severe Hearing Loss The present study describes the unexpected finding of evoked otoacoustic emissions (EOAEs) from the left ear of a subject with severe-to-profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. No EOAEs could be measured from the right ear. To ensure that the EOAEs were not artifacts, two different instrumentation systems were used and both ... Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1991
Otoacoustic Emissions in an Adult With Severe Hearing Loss
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Beth A. Prieve
    Boys Town National Research Hospital Omaha, NE
  • Michael P. Gorga
    Boys Town National Research Hospital Omaha, NE
  • Stephen T. Neely
    Boys Town National Research Hospital Omaha, NE
  • Requests for reprints should be sent to Beth A. Prieve, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, 805 S. Crouse Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-2280.
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Research Article   |   April 01, 1991
Otoacoustic Emissions in an Adult With Severe Hearing Loss
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, April 1991, Vol. 34, 379-385. doi:10.1044/jshr.3402.379
History: Received January 24, 1990 , Accepted May 29, 1990
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, April 1991, Vol. 34, 379-385. doi:10.1044/jshr.3402.379
History: Received January 24, 1990; Accepted May 29, 1990

The present study describes the unexpected finding of evoked otoacoustic emissions (EOAEs) from the left ear of a subject with severe-to-profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. No EOAEs could be measured from the right ear. To ensure that the EOAEs were not artifacts, two different instrumentation systems were used and both provided similar results. It is suggested that the subject may have a group of surviving outer hair cells in some regions of her left cochlea with corresponding inner hair cell or neural damage.

Acknowledgments
We would like to thank Jan Reiland-Kaminski for technical assistance. We also thank Donna Neff, Pat Stelmachowicz, and Bruce Warr for their reviews of this paper as part of our internal review process. This work was supported by NIH.
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