Masking, Temporal Integration, and Sensorineural Hearing Loss This study was undertaken basically to examine the effect of white noise masking on temporal integration and how the frequency dependence of temporal integration is related to hearing loss. The threshold differences between 500-msec and 20-msec at .5, 1, 2, and 4 kHz were found for 147 ears of 86 ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1981
Masking, Temporal Integration, and Sensorineural Hearing Loss
 
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  • David Y. Chung
    Workers' Compensation Board, Richmond, British Columbia
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1981
Masking, Temporal Integration, and Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1981, Vol. 24, 514-520. doi:10.1044/jshr.2404.514
History: Received October 15, 1979 , Accepted April 6, 1981
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1981, Vol. 24, 514-520. doi:10.1044/jshr.2404.514
History: Received October 15, 1979; Accepted April 6, 1981

This study was undertaken basically to examine the effect of white noise masking on temporal integration and how the frequency dependence of temporal integration is related to hearing loss. The threshold differences between 500-msec and 20-msec at .5, 1, 2, and 4 kHz were found for 147 ears of 86 subjects with normal hearing and with various amounts of cochlear hearing loss. Thresholds were measured in three levels of background white noise—30, 60, and 90 dB SPL. The principal finding was that temporal integration is frequency dependent and this dependence is not an epiphenomenon of the decrease in temporal integration due to cochlear hearing loss.

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