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Inverse Frequency Dependence of Forward Tone-on-Tone Masking Patterns

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Forward tone-on-tone masking patterns were measured at frequencies 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 kHz and sensation levels 20 dB SL and 60 dB SL in four normal hearing subjects using a modified 2-alternative forced choice procedure. At 60 dB SL the forward masking patterns have flat high frequency slope and steep low frequency slope. At 20 dB SL the forward masking patterns have slopes reversed with reference to their steepness, i.e. a steep high frequency slope and a flat low frequency slope. Thus a reversal of masking patterns is observed which occurs at a level between 60 and 20 dB SL. The data are in agreement with earlier observations on simultaneous masking.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 1996

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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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