Two experiments were performed that evaluated the effects of ipsilateral‐direct broadband noise maskers on the gerbil brain‐stem auditory‐evoked response (BAER) to click stimuli. In experiment 1, clicks were presented at 27 Hz at levels including 70, 80, 90, and 100 dB pSPL. Noise conditions included a no‐noise control, and included noise levels varying in 10‐dB increments from 20 dB SPL to a maximum noise level of 50, 60, 70, and 80 dB SPL for click levels of 70, 80, 90, and 100 dB pSPL, respectively. Gerbil BAER peaks were labeled with small roman numerals to distinguish them from human BAER peaks. The dependent variables included waves i and v latencies and amplitudes. Peak latencies increased and peak amplitudes decreased with decreasing click level and increasing noise level. To a first approximation, peak latencies and amplitudes showed changes with increasing noise level that were similar across click level. With increasing click level, there was little or no effect on the i–v interval. There was an increase in the i–v interval with increasing noise level. In experiment 2, click level was held constant at 90 dB pSPL, and click rates included 15, 40, 65, and 90 Hz. For each click rate, noise conditions included a no‐noise control, and noise levels included 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, and 70 dB SPL. With increasing click rate and noise level, there was an increase in peak latencies, an increase in the i–v interval, and a decrease in peak amplitudes. The magnitude of peak latency and amplitude shifts with increasing click rate was dependent on noise level. Specifically, the magnitude of rate‐dependent changes decreased with increasing level of broadband noise. These data are compared to human BAER experiments, and are found to be in fundamental agreement.