Event-related potential correlates of functional hearing loss: Reduced P3 amplitude with preserved Nl and N2 components in a unilateral case


Department of Neuropsychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo, 7–3–1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113, Japan.


Abstract A female patient exhibiting functional hearing loss in her left ear demonstrated reduced amplitude of P3 component in event-related potentials (ERP) to left monaural stimulation, with preserved N1 and N2 components to stimulation of either ear. This result suggested that stimuli in the affected ear were conducted successfully up to the auditory cortex but that further processing in higher brain regions was ‘repressed’. Event-related potential examination for such hysterical disorders could be useful in clarifying their brain mechanism and offer a useful diagnostic clue to its nature.