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An Artificial Mastoid for the Calibration of Bone Vibrators

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The development and construction of an artificial mastoid are described. The initial design was based on mechanical impedance measurements of the human mastoid carried out at the National Physical Laboratory. The final model takes into account a review of these and other data, and is suitable for audiometric and hearing aid applications. The performance of the device, determined by its ability to compare correctly the sensitivity of different bone vibrators, is discussed by reference to a series of subjective tests. Methods of measuring and calculating the objective sensitivity are also given, together with some data on the time and temperature stability.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1967

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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