The relation between loudness and intensity difference limens for tones in quiet and noise backgrounds’

Christine M. Rankovic, Neal F Viemeister, Deborah A. Fantini, Margaret F. Cheesman, Craig L. Uchiyama

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Abstract

Recent studies of the relation between loudness and intensity difference limens (DLs) suggest that, if two tones of the same frequency are equally loud, they will have equal relative DLs [R. S. Schlauch and C. C. Wier, J. Speech Hear. Res. 30, 13-20 (1987); J. J. Zwislocki and H. N. Jordan, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 79, 772-780 (1986)]. To test this hypothesis, loudness matches and intensity DLs for a 1000-Hz pure tone in quiet and in a 40-dB SPL spectrum level broadband noise were obtained for four subjects with normal hearing. The DLs were obtained in both gated- and continuous-pedestal conditions. Contrary to previous reports, equally loud tones do not yield equal relative DLs at several midintensities in the gated condition and at many intensities in the continuous condition. While the equal-loudness, equal-relative-DL hypothesis is not supported by the data, the relation between loudness and intensity discrimination appears to be well described by a model reported by Houtsma et al [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 68, 807-813 (1980)].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-155
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume84
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1988

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