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Preferred overall loudness. I: Sound field presentation in the laboratory
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Sound and Image Processing.
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2006 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, Vol. 45, no 1, 2-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study questions the basic assumption that prescriptive methods for nonlinear, wide dynamic range compression (WDRC) hearing aids should restore overall loudness to normal. Fifteen normal-hearing listeners and twenty-four hearing-impaired listeners (with mild to moderate hearing loss, twelve with and twelve without hearing aid experience) participated in laboratory tests. The participants first watched and listened to video sequences and rated how loud and how interesting the situations were. For the hearing-impaired participants, gain was applied according to the NAL-NL1 prescription. Despite the fact that the NAL-NL1 prescription led to less than normal overall calculated loudness, according to the loudness model of Moore and Glasberg (1997), the hearing-impaired participants rated loudness higher than the normal-hearing participants. The participants then adjusted a volume control to preferred overall loudness. Both normal-hearing and hearing-impaired participants preferred less than normal overall calculated loudness. The results from the two groups of hearing-impaired listeners did not differ significantly.

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2006. Vol. 45, no 1, 2-11 p.
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normal overall loudness, normal hearing, impaired hearing, hearing aid experience, laboratory test, hearing-aid benefit, multichannel compression, model, users
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Medical and Health Sciences Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-15516DOI: 10.1080/14992020500190144ISI: 000235980000002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-28844490078OAI: diva2:333557
QC 20100525 QC 20111005Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2011-10-05Bibliographically approved

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