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Loudness and Masking Patterns of Narrow Noise Bands

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The loudness of narrow noise bands of equal intensity at 8.5 kHz increases for bandwidths Δf ≦ 300 Hz. The masking pattern of a 10 Hz wide masker at 8.5 kHz is inferior to the masking pattern of an equally intense 1800 Hz wide masker at 8.5 kHz. The loudness differences are correlated to the different masking patterns of the narrow noise bands. Differences in the masking of test tones by narrow noise bands with different bandwidths at high centre frequencies can be estimated, when weighting the envelope fluctuations of the masker by backward- and forwardmasking functions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1975

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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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