Adaptation and the Masking of Tinnitus The effect of adaptation on the masking of tinnitus was investigated. Six patients with tinnitus performed two 5-min tracking tasks, each replicated six times. The first task examined the masking of tinnitus by tracking the intensity of a pure tone required to mask the tinnitus. The second task examined adaptation ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1989
Adaptation and the Masking of Tinnitus
 
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  • M. J. Penner
    University of Maryland
  • Robert C. Bilger
    University of Illinois
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1989
Adaptation and the Masking of Tinnitus
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1989, Vol. 32, 339-346. doi:10.1044/jshr.3202.339
History: Received February 11, 1988 , Accepted September 6, 1988
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1989, Vol. 32, 339-346. doi:10.1044/jshr.3202.339
History: Received February 11, 1988; Accepted September 6, 1988

The effect of adaptation on the masking of tinnitus was investigated. Six patients with tinnitus performed two 5-min tracking tasks, each replicated six times. The first task examined the masking of tinnitus by tracking the intensity of a pure tone required to mask the tinnitus. The second task examined adaptation of a suprathreshold tone by tracking the intensity of a pure tone required for constant loudness. For 3 patients, the change required for constant loudness did not differ from the change required for constant maskability. For 3 patients, however, these two changes were different. Possible implications of these results for determining the locus of tinnitus and for the use of tinnitus maskers are discussed.

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