Forward-masked monaural and interaural intensity discrimination (L)

Mark A. Stellmack, Neal F. Viemeister, Andrew J. Byrne

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Intensity-discrimination thresholds were measured for a 25-ms, 6-kHz pure tone for pedestal levels from 40 to 90 dB sound pressure level (SPL) with and without a forward masker (100-ms narrowband Gaussian noise, N0=70 dB). When the masker was present, the masker and probe were separated by 100 ms of silence. Unmasked and masked thresholds were measured in a two-interval monaural procedure and, separately, in a single-interval interaural procedure in which the pedestal and incremented pedestals were presented simultaneously to opposite ears. While the monaural thresholds were elevated markedly by the forward masker for mid-level pedestals, interaural thresholds were nearly unaffected by the masker across pedestal levels. The results argue against the notion that the monaural elevation in forward-masked thresholds is due to degraded encoding of intensity information at early stages of auditory processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1328-1331
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 17 2007

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