The Effect of Continuous Monaural Noise on Loudness Matches to Tinnitus Data from two psychophysical tasks are presented. In the first, 8 subjects with sensorineural hearing loss and tinnitus adjusted the intensity of a continuous monaural noise to mask the tinnitus. In the second, in the presence of continuous monaural noise, the same subjects adjusted the intensity of a pulsed monaural ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1988
The Effect of Continuous Monaural Noise on Loudness Matches to Tinnitus
 
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  • M. J. Penner
    University of Maryland, College Park
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1988
The Effect of Continuous Monaural Noise on Loudness Matches to Tinnitus
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1988, Vol. 31, 98-102. doi:10.1044/jshr.3101.98
History: Received September 6, 1986 , Accepted June 30, 1987
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1988, Vol. 31, 98-102. doi:10.1044/jshr.3101.98
History: Received September 6, 1986; Accepted June 30, 1987

Data from two psychophysical tasks are presented. In the first, 8 subjects with sensorineural hearing loss and tinnitus adjusted the intensity of a continuous monaural noise to mask the tinnitus. In the second, in the presence of continuous monaural noise, the same subjects adjusted the intensity of a pulsed monaural tone to match the loudness of the tinnitus. The tone was either ipsilateral or contralateral to the noise. Although the noise level required to mask the tinnitus increased substantially, as did the level of the ipsilateral matching tone, the change in the level of the contralateral matching tone was minimal. One possible explanation of these findings is related to the functioning of the peripheral auditory system.

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