Tuning curves and pitch matches in a listener with a unilateral, low-frequency hearing loss

Mary Florentine, A.J.M. Houtsma

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    Abstract

    Psychoacoustical tuning curves and interaural pitch matches were measured in a listener with a unilateral, moderately severe hearing loss of primarily cochlear origin below 2 kHz. The psychoacoustical tuning curves, measured in a simultaneous-masking paradigm, were obtained at 1 kHz for probe levels of 4.5-, 7-, and 13-dB SL in the impaired ear, and 7-dB SL in the normal ear. Results show that as the level of the probe increased from 4.5- to 13-dB SL in the impaired ear, (1) the frequency location of the tip of the tuning curve decreased from approximately 2.85 to 2.20 kHz and (2) the lowest level of the masker required to just mask the probe increased from 49- to 83-dB SPL. The tuning curve in the normal ear was comparable to data from other normal listeners. The interaural pitch matches were measured from 0.5 to 6 kHz at 10-dB SL in the impaired ear and approximately 15- to 20-dB SL in the normal ear. Results show reasonable identity matches (e.g., a 500-Hz tone in the impaired ear was matched close to a 500-Hz tone in the normal ear), although variability was significantly greater for pitch matches below 2 kHz. The results are discussed in terms of their implications for models of pitch perception.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)961-965
    JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
    Volume73
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1983

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