Analyzing transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions by concentration of frequency and time.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The linear part of transient evoked otoacoustic emission (TEOAE) is thought to be generated via coherent reflection near the characteristic place of constituent wave components. Because of the tonotopic organization of the cochlea, high frequency emissions return earlier than low frequencies; however, due to the random nature of coherent reflection, the instantaneous frequency (IF) and amplitude envelope of TEOAEs both fluctuate. Multiple reflection components and synchronized spontaneous emissions can further make it difficult to extract the IF by linear transforms. This paper proposes to model TEOAEs as a sum of intrinsic mode-type functions and analyze it by a nonlinear-type time-frequency (T-F) analysis technique called concentration of frequency and time (ConceFT). When tested with synthetic otoacoustic emission signals with possibly multiple oscillatory components, the present method is able to produce clearly visualized traces of individual components on the T-F plane. Further, when the signal is noisy, the proposed method is compared with existing linear and bilinear methods in its accuracy for estimating the fluctuating IF. Results suggest that ConceFT outperforms the best of these methods in terms of optimal transport distance, reducing the error by 10% to 21% when the signal to noise ratio is 10 dB or below.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wu, H-T; Liu, Y-W

Published Date

  • July 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 144 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 448 -

PubMed ID

  • 30075682

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-8524

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0001-4966

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1121/1.5047749


  • eng