Responses of guinea pig primary vestibular neurons to clicks

Exp Brain Res. 1995;103(1):174-8. doi: 10.1007/BF00241975.


Responses of single neurons in the vestibular nerve to high-intensity clicks were studied by extracellular recording in anaesthetised guinea pigs. One hundred and two neurons in the posterior division of the superior branch or in the inferior branch of the vestibular nerve were activated at short latency by intense clicks. The latency of activation was short (median 0.9 ms) and the threshold was high: the click intensity for evoking the response of these cells was around 60 dB above the auditory brainstem response threshold. Animals were tilted and rotated to identify physiologically the sensory region of the labyrinth from which the activated neurons originated. Seventeen neurons responded to static tilt as well as clicks. These results show that vestibular receptors, probably the otoliths, respond to clicks at intensities corresponding to those used in a new clinical test of the vestibulo-collic pathway.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation
  • Action Potentials
  • Animals
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Otolithic Membrane / physiology*
  • Time Factors
  • Vestibular Nerve / physiology*