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Evidence for the Generation of Multipath Localisation Cues by Human Pinnae

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A set of pulse response measurements have been made on model pinnae over a limited range of sound source locations. The results show that the pinnae allow sound to reach the auditory meatus by more than one path. A systematic variation in path length with sound source elevation has been demonstrated. By physically degrading the model pinnae it has been possible to identify the parts responsible for generating an indirect acoustic path to the meatus. The study provides strong justification for further investigation into a multipath model for the human pinna, and suggests that the behaviour of human pinnae might most usefully be described in the time domain.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1998

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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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