Acta Vet. Brno 2013, 82: 97-101

Brainstem auditory evoked potentials in healthy cats recorded with surface electrodes

Mihai Musteata1, Irina Neculae1, Mihaela Armasu1, Christiana B. Balan2, Gheorghe Solcan1

1University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Ion Ionescu de la Brad Iasi, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine / Neurology, Iasi, Romania
2University “A.I. Cuza”, Department of Statistics, Iasi, Romania

The aim of this study was to evaluate the brainstem auditory evoked potentials of seven healthy cats, using surface electrodes. Latencies of waves I, III and V, and intervals I–III, I–V and III–V were recorded. Monaural and binaural stimulation of the cats were done with sounds ranging between 40 and 90 decibel Sound Pressure Level. All latencies were lower than those described in previous studies, where needle electrodes were used. In the case of binaural stimulation, latencies of waves III and V were greater compared to those obtained for monaural stimulation (P < 0.01), and relatively unchanged for wave I (P > 0.05). Regardless of the sound intensity, the interwave latency was constant (P > 0.05). Interestingly, no differences were noticed for latencies of waves III and V when sound intensity was higher than 80dB SPL. This study completes the knowledge in the field of electrophysiology and shows that the brainstem auditory evoked potentials in cats using surface electrodes is a viable method to record the transmission of auditory information. That can be faithfully used in clinical practice, when small changes of latency values may be an objective factor in health status evaluation.


BAER, latency, deafness, Feline.


15 live references