Nonadditivity of forward and simultaneous masking

Adam Svec, Suyash N. Joshi, Walt Jesteadt

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The current study measured the additional masking obtained for combinations of forward and simultaneous maskers as a function of forward masker bandwidth, signal delay, and simultaneous masker level. The effects of the two individual maskers were equated in all conditions. Additional masking increased with increasing masker level, increasing signal delay, and decreasing masker bandwidth. The portion of the simultaneous masker that made the greater contribution to additional masking was the part that overlapped with the signal, not with the forward masker. The changes in additional masking observed as a function of forward masker bandwidth and the interaction between the effects of forward and simultaneous maskers call into question the use of additional masking as a measure of basilar membrane compression and present problems for the use of simultaneous noise to simulate hearing loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2866-2875
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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