Baker, RJ; Rosen, S; (2002) Auditory filter nonlinearity in mild/moderate hearing impairment. J ACOUST SOC AM , 111 (3) 1330 - 1339. 10.1121/1.1448516.
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Sensorineural hearing loss has frequently been shown to result in a loss of frequency selectivity. Less is known about its effects on the level dependence of selectivity that is so prominent a feature of normal hearing. The aim of the present study is to characterize such changes in nonlinearity as manifested in the auditory filter shapes of listeners with mild/moderate hearing impairment. Notched-noise masked thresholds at 2 kHz were measured over a range of stimulus levels in hearing-impaired listeners with losses of 20-50 dB. Growth-of-masking functions for different notch widths are more parallel for hearing-impaired than for normal-hearing listeners, indicating a more linear filter. Level-dependent filter shapes estimated from the data show relatively little change in shape across level. The loss of nonlinearity is also evident in the input/output functions derived from the fitted filter shapes. Reductions in nonlinearity are clearly evident even in a listener with only 20-dB hearing loss. (C) 2002 Acoustical Society of America.
|Title:||Auditory filter nonlinearity in mild/moderate hearing impairment|
|Keywords:||FREQUENCY-SELECTIVITY, COCHLEAR IMPAIRMENTS, NOTCHED-NOISE, MASKING, LISTENERS, LEVEL, GROWTH, SHAPES, THRESHOLD, RESOLUTION|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences|
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