Input-output (I/O) functions of hearing aids were measured in response to a 2000-Hz tone burst, having 0.5 ms rise/fall time and 10 ms duration. I/O functions, measured with a hearing-aid analyzer, served as reference conditions. Hearing-aid outputs at onset and during the steady-state portion of the waveform differed; these differences often depended upon stimulus rate. The relation between onset and steady-state estimates of output were not always predictable from hearing-aid attack and release times. These findings indicate that the steady-state output limitation characteristics of hearing aids cannot be estimated from their onset responses. In turn, this suggests that ABR measurements may not provide accurate estimates of the compressive characteristics of hearing aids.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Speech and Hearing Research|
|State||Published - 1987|
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