7th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

September 16-20, 2002
Denver, Colorado, USA

Model-Based Predictions of Intensity Discrimination for Normal- and Impaired-Hearing Listeners

Lisa G. Huettel, Leslie M. Collins

Duke University, USA

Interpretation of psychophysical data from impaired-hearing individuals on intensity discrimination tasks has been confounded by the fact that some impaired individuals’ performance is near-normal in quiet, whereas for others, the difference limen is elevated. This paper presents a theoretical analysis of the effects of cochlear impairments on intensity discrimination using a combination of signal detection theory and a computational auditory model. Not only were we able to replicate the trends observed in experimental data, but, by using a model, we could also establish a link between the psychophysical predictions and the underlying physiology. In doing so, we are able to support the hypothesis that the observed behavior is due to the spread of excitation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Huettel, Lisa G. / Collins, Leslie M. (2002): "Model-based predictions of intensity discrimination for normal- and impaired-hearing listeners", In ICSLP-2002, 421-424.