Journal article

Electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve: II. Effect of stimulus waveshape on single fibre response properties

RK Shepherd, E Javel

HEARING RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1999

Abstract

To investigate the generation of action potentials by electrical stimulation we studied the response of auditory nerve fibres (ANFs) to a variety of stimulus waveforms. Current pulses were presented to longitudinal bipolar scala tympani electrodes implanted in normal and deafened cochleae. Capacitively coupled monophasic current pulses evoked single ANF responses that were more sensitive to one phase (the 'excitatory' phase) than the other. Anodic pulses produced a significantly shorter mean latency compared with cathodic pulses, indicating that their site for spike initiation is located more centrally along the ANF. The fine temporal structure of ANF responses to biphasic pulses appeared si..

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