J Am Acad Audiol 2001; 12(01): 52-58
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1741118
Original Article

Effects of Exercise and Noise on Auditory Thresholds and Distortion-Product Otoacoustic Emissions

Shannon Hooks-Horton
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
Susan Geer
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
Andrew Stuart
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
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Differences in auditory thresholds and distortion-product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) levels were investigated as a function of gender, ear, frequency, and experimental condition: quiet sedentary activity, exercise, noise, and exercise and noise combined. In general, participants displayed significant elevations in auditory thresholds of approximately 6 to 13 dB following the two conditions employing noise exposure. There were no significant differences in either auditory threshold differences before and following the quiet and exercise conditions or between the noise-alone and combined exercise and noise conditions. Participants also displayed significant reductions in DPOAE levels of approximately 6 to 7 dB following the two conditions employing noise exposure. The findings also showed no gender or ear effects on auditory threshold or DPOAE level differences. Further, there was no evidence of a synergistic combination of exercise and noise on auditory function as revealed by changes in hearing threshold or DPOAE levels.

Abbreviations: DPOAE = distortion-product otoacoustic emissions, TTS = temporary threshold shift

Publication History

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28 February 2022

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