Calibration of acoustic transients

Brain Res. 2006 May 26;1091(1):27-31. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2006.02.132. Epub 2006 Apr 24.


This article reviews the appropriate stimulus parameters (click duration, toneburst envelope) that should be used when eliciting auditory brainstem responses from mice. Equipment specifications required to calibrate these acoustic transients are discussed. Several methods of calibrating the level of acoustic transients are presented, including the measurement of peak equivalent sound pressure level (peSPL) and peak sound pressure level (pSPL). It is hoped that those who collect auditory brainstem response thresholds in mice will begin to use standardized methods of acoustic calibration, so that hearing thresholds across mouse strains obtained in different laboratories can more readily be compared.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation / methods*
  • Acoustic Stimulation / standards*
  • Acoustics*
  • Animals
  • Auditory Perception / physiology
  • Auditory Threshold / physiology
  • Calibration
  • Humans