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Open Access Loudness Context Effects and Auditory Enhancement in Normal, Impaired, and Electric Hearing

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Auditory context effects are an important part of perception, and reflect how previous or simultaneous input affects the perception and processing of sound. Such context effects may be important for perceiving speech in the face of variable talker acoustics, different room environments, and background noise. This article reviews recent work that has compared the perception and performance of normal-hearing listeners with that of hearingimpaired listeners and cochlear-implant users, in an attempt to understand the neural underpinnings of the effects, with the longer-term goal of restoring weakened or absent context effects via signal processing in these clinical populations.

© 2018 The Author(s). Published by S. Hirzel Verlag · EAA. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license (

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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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