Does the 40-Hz auditory steady-state response show the binaural masking level difference?Ear Hear. 2009 Dec; 30(6):713-5.EH
In contrast to the transient (N1-P2) and steady-state (<20 Hz) cortical responses, neither the transient (auditory brain stem response) nor the steady-state (80 Hz) brain stem responses show the binaural masking level difference (BMLD). This study determined behavioral and 40-Hz auditory steady-state response (ASSR) BMLDs for both signal and noise interaural inversions. Results showed clear behavioral BMLD but no 40-Hz ASSR BMLD. However, ASSR amplitudes were significantly smaller in dichotic compared with diotic conditions. Thus, although 40-Hz ASSR thresholds do not reflect the BMLD, the amplitude suppression under dichotic conditions may be a precursor to the subsequent <20-Hz ASSR and behavioral BMLDs.