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Olivocochlear Efferent Suppression in Classical Musicians


Copyright 2024, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Brashears, S.
Journal Title: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Date Published: Aug-03
Language: English
Category: Hearing Loss
Key Words: hearing loss classical orchestra musician non-musician
Full Citation: Brashears, S. M., et al. Olivocochlear Efferent Suppression in Classical Musicians. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology 14, no. 6 (August 2003): 314-24.
Full Abstract: Suppression of transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions was recorded from 29 members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and 28 non-musician control subjects matched for age and gender. Binaural broad band noise was used as the suppressor stimulus in a forward masking paradigm. Results showed musicians to have significantly more suppression than non-musicians for both the right and left ears. Two possible explanations for this functional difference between groups are that moderately loud music serves as a sound conditioning stimulus and that music can be a mechanism for strengthening central auditory pathways which may influence the olivocochlear reflex arc. Possible explanations for this are discussed and ear, gender, and age differences within each group are examined. Additionally, middle-ear muscle reflex thresholds were found to be higher in musicians than non-musicians at some frequencies in some conditions