Masking of Tinnitus and Central Masking In the first experiment reported here, for subjects with sensorineural hearing loss and tinnitus, the masking of tinnitus is primarily dependent on the masker intensity; masking is nearly independent of masker frequency. In the second experiment reported here, for subjects with normal hearing, the central masking of a continuous tone ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1987
Masking of Tinnitus and Central Masking
 
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  • M. J. Penner
    University of Maryland, College Park
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1987
Masking of Tinnitus and Central Masking
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1987, Vol. 30, 147-152. doi:10.1044/jshr.3002.147
History: Received November 18, 1985 , Accepted September 24, 1986
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1987, Vol. 30, 147-152. doi:10.1044/jshr.3002.147
History: Received November 18, 1985; Accepted September 24, 1986

In the first experiment reported here, for subjects with sensorineural hearing loss and tinnitus, the masking of tinnitus is primarily dependent on the masker intensity; masking is nearly independent of masker frequency. In the second experiment reported here, for subjects with normal hearing, the central masking of a continuous tone (used to stimulate the tinnitus) is primarily dependent on the intensity of a contralateral masker; masking is nearly independent of masker frequency. Implications of the flat tuning curves on the design of tinnitus maskers and one possible interpretation of the similarity of tinnitus masking and central masking are discussed.

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