Jeffrey J. DiGiovanni

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BACKGROUND Accurate prescriptive gain results in a more accurate fit, lower return rate in hearing aids, and increased patient satisfaction. In situ threshold measurements can be used to determine required gain. The Widex Corporation uses an in situ threshold measurement strategy, called the Sensogram. Real-ear measurements determine if prescriptive gain(More)
Loudness matching functions for tones for persons with one shifted-threshold ear (hearing loss and noise-shifted thresholds) and one ear within normal limits were used to derive the presumed basilar membrane (BM) input-output (I/O) function in a normal ear. The comparison was made by assuming that the BM I/O function for the ear with the cochlear threshold(More)
The perception of stimuli with ramped envelopes (gradual attack and abrupt decay) and damped envelopes (abrupt attack and gradual decay) was studied in subjective and objective tasks. Magnitude estimation (ME) of perceived duration was measured for broadband noise, 1.0-kHz, and 8.0-kHz tones for durations between 10 and 200 ms. Damped sounds were judged to(More)
PURPOSE This study compared the speed, false-alarm rate, and participant preference of different response methods (raising a hand, pushing a response button, and giving an oral response) for measuring pure-tone thresholds. METHOD Thirty female university students with normal hearing participated. Response method order was randomly assigned to 6 different(More)
This study ascertained the influence of repeating pitch information within an intervening tonal sequence upon the extent of interference for a pitch standard held within auditory working memory as measured by the difference limen for frequency (DLF). Standard and comparison tones were presented to subjects and same/different responses were obtained using a(More)
The association between temporal-masking patterns, duration, and loudness for broadband noises with ramped and damped envelopes was examined. Duration and loudness matches between the ramped and damped sounds differed significantly. Listeners perceived the ramped stimuli to be longer and louder than the damped stimuli, but the outcome was biased by the(More)
Forward-masked intensity discrimination was measured as a function of level in experiments designed to reveal insights into the mechanism(s) underlying the midlevel elevation of the Weber fraction. The standard and maskers were 1.0-kHz tones that were separated by 100 ms. Performance was measured for listeners with normal hearing using an adaptive(More)
PURPOSE The goal of this study was to assess the functional utility of transient noise reduction (TNR) algorithms available in hearing aids via speech intelligibility and user preferences. METHOD Two pairs of hearing aids, 1 pair each from Siemens and Unitron, were programmed for 17 hearing impaired individuals after a hearing evaluation. Intelligibility(More)
Algorithms designed to improve speech intelligibility for those with sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) by enhancing peaks in a spectrum have had limited success. Since testing of such algorithms cannot separate the theory of the design from the implementation itself, the contribution of each of these potentially limiting factors is not clear. Therefore,(More)
Listeners with sensorineural hearing loss have well-documented elevated hearing thresholds; reduced auditory dynamic ranges; and reduced spectral (or frequency) resolution that may reduce speech intelligibility, especially in the presence of competing sounds. Amplification and amplitude compression partially compensate for elevated thresholds and reduced(More)