Loudness and auditory steady-state responses in normal-hearing subjects

Int J Audiol. 2008 May;47(5):269-75. doi: 10.1080/14992020801945501.


This study evaluated the use of multiple auditory steady-state responses (ASSRs) to estimate the growth of loudness in listeners with normal hearing. Individual intensity functions were obtained from measures of loudness growth using the contour test and from the electrophysiological amplitude measures of multiple amplitude-modulated (77-105 Hz) tones (500, 1000, 2000, and 4000 Hz) simultaneously presented to both ears and recorded over the scalp. Slope analyses for the behavioural and electrophysiological intensity functions were separately performed. Response amplitudes of the ASSRs and loudness sensation judgements increase as the stimulus intensity increases for the four frequencies studied. A significant relationship was obtained between loudness and the ASSRs. The results of this study suggest that the amplitude of the ASSRs may be used to estimate loudness growth at least for individuals with normal hearing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation
  • Adult
  • Audiometry, Evoked Response
  • Auditory Perception*
  • Auditory Threshold
  • Electroencephalography
  • Evoked Potentials, Auditory
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Loudness Perception*
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Reference Values