Effect of high altitude on human auditory brainstem responses.

Indian journal of physiology and pharmacology

PubMedID: 15521564

Singh SB, Thakur L, Anand JP, Yadav D, Amitabh , Banerjee PK, Selvamurthy W. Effect of high altitude on human auditory brainstem responses. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2004;48(2):230-4.
The effect of hypobaric hypoxia on Brain Stem Auditory evoked potentials (BAERs) were studied. BAERs were recorded in 30 volunteers at sea level (SL) and then at high altitude (HA) of 3200 m (HA I) and 4300 m (HA II) in Eastern Himalayas and on return to sea level (RSL). The BAERs were recorded using Nicolet Compact - 4 (USA) in response to monaural auditory stimuli consisting of clicks of 100 ps square pulse at a rate of 15/sec. The BAERs were recorded on day 4 of their stay at 3200 m and 4300 m respectively. Findings indicated an increase in absolute peak latencies of wave V at 3200 m, which was statistically significant. On further ascent to 4300 m there was an increase in absolute peak latencies of wave I and III indicating delay in sensory conduction at the medullo-pontine auditory pathways.