Otoacustic emission measurements of young musicians


Otoacoustic emission (OAE) is a weak sound caused by motion of the eardrum in response to vibrations from the deep within the cochlea. OAE is a quick and non–invasive technology to evaluate inner hair cell function. The purpose of the work was to test hearing capabilities of young musicians. This was achieved by measurements of OAE tone and impedance audiometry. It was explored that OAE signals by musicians are similar to individuals working in high noise conditions. Therefore children have a greater risk of noise–induced hearing loss.

Abstracts of International Scientific Conference “Biomedical Engineering and Micro technologies” (BEAM 2002), 10–14 October, 2002, Riga, Latvia