The goal of this study was to develop an objective and neurophysiologic method of identifying the presence of cochlear dead region (CDR) by combining acoustic change complex (ACC) responses with threshold-equalizing noise (TEN) test. The goal of the first study was to confirm whether ACC could be evoked with TEN stimuli and to also optimize the test conditions. The goal of the second study was to determine whether the TEN-ACC test is capable of detecting CDR(s). The ACC responses were successfully recorded from all study participants. Both behaviorally and electrophysiologically obtained masked thresholds (TEN threshold and TEN-ACC threshold) were similar and below 10 and 12 dB SNR in NH listeners, respectively. HI listeners were divided into HI (non-CDR) and CDR groups based on the behavioral TEN test. For the non-CDR group, TEN-ACC thresholds were below 12 dB which were similar to NH listeners. However, for the CDR group, TEN-ACC thresholds were significantly higher (>= 12 dB SNR) than those in the NH and HI groups, indicating that CDR(s) can be objectively detected using the ACC. Results of this study demonstrate that it is possible to detect the presence of CDR using an electrophysiologic method.