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Open Access Attempt to Predict Temporal Modulation Transfer Function by Amplitude Modulation Following Responses

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The temporal modulation transfer function (TMTF) reflects the temporal resolution of the auditory system. The measurement of TMTF is based on a psychoacoustic paradigm that is not applicable in the clinic. Previous studies addressed that amplitude modulation following responses (AMFRs) could be used to objectively evaluate listeners' temporal auditory acuity, but no existing method could predict TMTF from AMFRs. The present study proposes a method as an attempt to do so. A logistic function was derived from the simulation of AMFRs on human scalp. To evaluate the new method, both AMFRs and behavioral TMTF experiments were conducted with 12 normal hearing listeners. The test showed that the predicted thresholds were correlated with, but deviated systematically from the behavioral thresholds at four modulation rates (32, 64, 128 and 256 Hz). Limitations of the method are discussed.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2018

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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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