The Effect of Stapedectomy on the Loudness of One’s Own Voice Five subjects with normal middle ear mechanisms, and otosclerotic patients, before and after stapedectomy, matched the loudness of their voices to the loudness of a 125-cps-sawtooth noise. The results showed loudness matching functions with gradual slopes, less than 1.00, for the normal subjects and the patients prior to stapedectomy. Post-surgically, ... Research Article
Research Article  |   September 01, 1965
The Effect of Stapedectomy on the Loudness of One’s Own Voice
 
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  • William Melnick
    Bioacoustics Laboratory, Eye and Ear Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Research Article   |   September 01, 1965
The Effect of Stapedectomy on the Loudness of One’s Own Voice
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1965, Vol. 8, 223-234. doi:10.1044/jshr.0803.223
History: Received April 9, 1965
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1965, Vol. 8, 223-234. doi:10.1044/jshr.0803.223
History: Received April 9, 1965

Five subjects with normal middle ear mechanisms, and otosclerotic patients, before and after stapedectomy, matched the loudness of their voices to the loudness of a 125-cps-sawtooth noise. The results showed loudness matching functions with gradual slopes, less than 1.00, for the normal subjects and the patients prior to stapedectomy. Post-surgically, the loudness function for the patients increased in steepness to considerably more than 1.00. These results are explained, most logically, in terms of increased sensitivity of the altered middle ear to sound energy generated by the listener’s own voice.

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