Behavioral Assessment of Ototoxicity in Nonhuman Primates

  • William C. Stebbins
  • Sheryl Coombs
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 5)


Impaired sensory function as a consequence of the administration of toxic substances is the subject of this chapter. We are specifically concerned with changes in the monkey’s hearing after the administration of certain ototoxic drugs and exposure to intense sound. We will describe the procedures we have used and the findings obtained both in the study of normal hearing and of the temporary and permanent hearing loss which occurs subsequent to noise and drug treatment. Examples of the related tissue changes in the inner ear will also be presented. The primary objective, however, is a description of the behavioral procedures and findings; samples of related cochlear histopathology are given because they are an integral part of our research and because they underscore the importance of the close relation between behavioral function and anatomical structure to be examined in any investigation of toxicity.


Hearing Loss Hair Cell Nonhuman Primate Pure Tone Noise Exposure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William C. Stebbins
    • 1
  • Sheryl Coombs
    • 1
  1. 1.The Kresge Hearing Research Institute and Departments of Otorhinolaryngology and PsychologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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