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Forward masking, as measured behaviorally, is defined as an increase in a signal's detection threshold resulting from a preceding masker. Previously, forward masking in the auditory nerve has been measured as a reduction in the neural response to a signal when preceded by a masker. However, detection threshold depends on both the magnitude of the response(More)
Recovery of neural thresholds following a forward masker was measured for auditory neurons in anesthetized chinchillas. We find that recovery of forward-masked thresholds is slower for low spontaneous-rate neurons compared to high spontaneous-rate neurons. In addition, we studied the dependence of the shape of PST histograms on the time between repetitions(More)
An important goal of auditory physiology is to relate the coding of signals in the auditory nerve to behavioral sensitivity. A useful step towards that goal is to measure physiological thresholds for the detection of tones in the neural spike train that are comparable to psychophysical thresholds. Detectability depends on the variability as well as the mean(More)
Although the chinchilla is widely used as a model for auditory research, little is known about the distribution and morphology of its olivocochlear neurons. Here, we report on the olivocochlear neurons projecting to one cochlea, as determined by single and double retrograde fluorescent tracer techniques. 10 adult chinchillas were anesthetized and given(More)
It is often asserted that the physiological correlate of loudness is the simple sum of the spike activity produced by all neurons in the auditory nerve (the auditory nerve spike count). We will refer to this hypothesis as the spike count hypothesis. The spike count hypothesis has been tested in the past using models of the auditory periphery and in almost(More)
We obtained just-noticeable differences (jnds) for the intensity of pure tones following a forward masker. The masker was a 100-ms burst of narrow-band noise centered at 1000 Hz presented at 90 dB SPL; the pure-tone signal was at 1000 Hz and was 25 ms in duration. The masker-signal delay was 100 ms. Under these conditions, there is no threshold shift for(More)
A two-interval forced-choice method was developed that provides a rapid and objective computerized measurement of the threshold for detection of the N1 peak of the compound action potential (CAP) recorded in response to a probe tone. The CAP was recorded at the round window of anesthetized chinchillas and several gerbils. An adaptive threshold-tracking(More)
An investigation was undertaken to measure medial olivocochlear (MOC) reflexes in anesthetized rats before and after sectioning of the middle-ear muscles. Distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) magnitude and phase temporal responses were measured ipsilaterally to study MOC-mediated "DPOAE onset adaptation" and in the presence of a contralateral(More)
To determine if the amount of forward masking observed in single auditory-nerve fibers of the chinchilla was sufficient to account for the amount of masking observed behaviorally in humans, thresholds for the detection of several types of probe signals following a forward masker were measured in both behavioral and physiological experiments. It is necessary(More)
The dependence of the spontaneous and sound driven activity of single cochlear nerve fibers on the calcium and magnesium content of the perilymph was studied by perfusion of the perilymphatic space. It was possible to study these effects under steady-state conditions by continuously perfusing scala tympani at low rates while simultaneously recording from(More)