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J Acoust Soc Am. 1987 Jan;81(1):133-7.

Temporal gap resolution in listeners with high-frequency sensorineural hearing loss.


Temporal gap resolution was measured in five normal-hearing listeners and five cochlear-impaired listeners, whose sensitivity losses were restricted to the frequency regions above 1000 Hz. The stimuli included a broadband noise and three octave band noises centered at 0.5, 1.0, and 4.0 kHz. Results for the normal-hearing subjects agree with previous findings and reveal that gap resolution improves progressively with an increase in signal frequency. Gap resolution in the impaired listeners was significantly poorer than normal for all signals including those that stimulated frequency regions with normal pure-tone sensitivity. Smallest gap thresholds for the impaired listeners were observed with the broadband signal at high levels. This result agrees with data from other experiments and confirms the importance of high-frequency signal audibility in gap detection. The octave band data reveal that resolution deficits can be quite large within restricted frequency regions, even those with minimal sensitivity loss.

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