Journal article

Consonant perception with linear and compression amplification.

L Hickson, B Dodd, D Byrne

Scand Audiol | Published : 1995


The consonant perception of 15 subjects with mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss was evaluated using linear amplification and two different types of compression amplification. A specially modified hearing aid was used which allowed for variation of the amplifier input/output function in three steps, such that the compression ratio could be set to 1 (linear), 1.3 or 1.8. The Nonsense Syllable Test (NST) was recorded through the aid in quiet and in two different noise conditions (four-talker babble and a background noise with sharp intermittent sounds), and replayed to the listeners through headphones. No differences in consonant perception were found between the different types of amp..

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