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Other experiments altering the permeability of the RWM included use of local anesthetics, endotoxins, exotoxins, and histamine Salt and Plontke, The comparison of activity is interpreted as a left head turn. Cochlin immunostaining of inner ear pathologic deposits and proteomic analysis in DFNA9 deafness and vestibular dysfunction. Briefly, sound impinging on the tympanum elicits vibration of a chain of three bones, the auditory ossicles Figure 1B. Outer hair cells OHCs detect the relative shear displacement of the BM and TM 8 , converting the kinetic energy of that displacement into transverse force. The remaining study, which only included patients that developed symptoms of tinnitus within the previous 3 months, was the only one to demonstrate a statistically significant difference between the two groups that received transtympanic steroids compared to the group that did not
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This time delay has suggested that hair cell damage is the primary effect of noise, and that nerve degeneration occurs only when the hair cells are destroyed first. Recent work in our laboratory has shown that significant degeneration of the cochlear nerve occurs after noise exposure, even when there is no hair cell loss, and even when thresholds have returned to normal.
We study acoustic injury in mice and guinea pigs. Since the inner ears of all mammals are very similar, findings in these rodents almost certainly apply to humans. We expose animals to continuous noise for 2 hours at levels from - dB SPL, well below the threshold of pain, and roughly equivalent to the noise produced by a belt sander or circular saw.
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Before and after exposure, we measure thresholds by two non-invasive techniques also used in the clinics to measure hearing in infants : 1 auditory brainstem responses ABRs , which are electrical potentials measured from scalp electrodes that represent the summed activity of cochlear nerve fibers evoked by short tone bursts; and 2 distortion product otoacoustic emissions DPOAEs , which are sounds created and amplified by normal hair cells in response to a two-tone input sound that are propagated back out to the ear canal where they can be measured with a sensitive microphone.
At several post-exposure times, we look at the microscopic structure of the inner ear.
Although functionally disconnected from the hair cell, these nerve fibers survive for many months. The slow neurodegeneration is caused by disruption of the normal trophic support these neurons receive from their cellular neighbors in the hair cell area.
Clearly, our work challenges the long-held view that reversibility of noise-induced threshold shifts indicates complete recovery of cochlear structures. It also suggests that current damage risk criteria for human noise exposure may be inadequate, because they are based on the assumption that reversible threshold shifts are benign.