Asynchronous neural activity recorded from the round window

David F. Dolan, Alfred L. Nuttall, Gopal Avinash

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Voltage recorded from an electrode on the round window (RW) of guinea pig has characteristics that reflect the activity of auditory-nerve fibers in the absence of acoustic stimulation. Fast Fourier transformation (FFT) of the noise recorded from the RW electrode shows a broad spectral peak from 0.8-1.0 kHz. The magnitude of the biological noise is increased by high-frequency, bandlimited acoustic noise stimulation. Pure tones can suppress or enhance the spectral components around 0.8-1.0 kHz depending on frequency and intensity. Kainic acid applied to the intact RW membrane eliminates the biological noise (and the evoked cochlear whole-nerve responses) without alteration of the cochlear micr ophonic or the summating potential. The spectral characteristics of the biological noise seem to be related to the elemental waveform contributed by the individual auditory-nerve fibers to the voltage recorded at the RW electrode [Kiang et al., Electrocochleography, edited by R. J. Ruben, C. Elbering, and G. Solomon (University Park, Baltimore, 1976)].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2621-2627
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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