The International Tinnitus Journal

The International Tinnitus Journal

Official Journal of the Neurootological and Equilibriometric Society
Official Journal of the Brazil Federal District Otorhinolaryngologist Society

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Alterations in early auditory evoked potentials and brainstem transmission time associated with tinnitus residual inhibition induced by auditory electrical stimulation

Author(s): Saeid Mahmoudian, Minoo Lenarz, Karl-Heinz Esser, Behrouz Salamat, Farshid Alaeddini, Reinhard Dengler, Mohammad Farhadi and Thomas Lenarz

INTRODUCTION: Residual inhibition (RI) is the temporary inhibition of tinnitus by use of masking stimuli when the device is turned off. OBJECTIVE: The main aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of RI induced by auditory electrical stimulation (AES) in the primary auditory pathways using early auditory-evoked potentials (AEPs) in subjective idiopathic tinnitus (SIT) subjects.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A randomized placebo-controlled study was conducted on forty-four tinnitus subjects. All enrolled subjects based on the responses to AES, were divided into two groups of RI and Non-RI (NRI). The results of the electrocochleography (ECochG), auditory brain stem response (ABR) and brain stem transmission time (BTT) were determined and compared pre- and post-AES in the studied groups. RESULTS: The mean differences in the compound action potential (CAP) amplitudes and III/V and I/V amplitude ratios were significantly different between the RI, NRI and PES controls. BTT was significantly decreased associated with RI.

CONCLUSION: The observed changes in AEP associated with RI suggested some peripheral and central auditory alterations. Synchronized discharges of the auditory nerve fibers and inhibition of the abnormal activity of the cochlear nerve by AES may play important roles associated with RI. Further comprehensive studies are required to determine the mechanisms of RI more precisely.