Amplitudes of auditory-evoked brain stem response (ABR) and late-occurring auditory-evoked potential (AER) components were recorded from kittens between birth and 90 postnatal days. All ABR and AER wave amplitudes increased during the first postnatal month. Wave amplitudes exhibited nonmonotonic growth with increasing age, attaining a maximum at 40–60 days of age, after which amplitudes decreased. Amplitudes of waves originating in the auditory nerve matured somewhat faster than waves originating in the brain stem and forebrain, and the order in which waves reached maturity was roughly the reverse order of the latencies of their peaks. Input-output curves for ABR and AER waves displayed nonmonotonic behavior that varied as a function of postnatal age. Wave amplitudes recorded from adult cats increased between threshold and 70 dB SPL, then decreased between 70 and 100 dB SPL, and rapidly increased above 100 dB SPL. The intensity corresponding to the change from increasing to decreasing amplitudes was higher for younger animals and achieved adult values during the first postnatal month.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Acoustics and Ultrasonics