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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this experiment was to systematically examine hearing aid benefit as measured by speech recognition and self-assessment methods across omnidirectional and directional hearing aid modes. These data were used to compare directional benefit as measured by speech recognition in the laboratory to hearing aid wearer's perceptions of(More)
The effectiveness of adaptive directional processing for improvement of speech recognition in comparison to non-adaptive directional and omni-directional processing was examined across four listening environments intended to simulate those found in the real world. The test environment was a single, moderately reverberant room with four loudspeaker(More)
Headphones are the standard presentation device for radio communication in the military. Although bone conduction devices possess several advantages over headphones for some military applications, they are generally considered inappropriate for inclusion in a multi-channel system. The current study tested the feasibility of a multi-channel bone conduction(More)
Hearing aids currently available on the market with both omnidirectional and directional microphone modes often have reduced amplification in the low frequencies when in directional microphone mode due to better phase matching. The effects of this low-frequency gain reduction for individuals with hearing loss in the low frequencies was of primary interest.(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of the current investigation was to systematically examine two of the assumptions central to the application of Articulation Index weighted Directivity Index (AI-DI) to the prediction of directional benefit across three groups of listeners differentiated by degree and configuration of hearing loss. Specifically, the assumption that (1)(More)
Improving the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for individuals with hearing loss who are listening to speech in noise provides an obvious benefit. Although binaural hearing provides the greatest advantage over monaural hearing in noise, some individuals with symmetrical hearing loss choose to wear only one hearing aid. The present study tested the hypothesis(More)
BACKGROUND Listening to music is one of the most common forms of recreational noise exposure. Previous investigators have demonstrated that maximum output levels from headphones can exceed safe levels. Although preferred listening levels (PLL) in quiet environments may be at acceptable levels, the addition of background noise will add to the overall noise(More)
NOTICES Disclaimers The findings in this report are not to be construed as an official Department of the Army position unless so designated by other authorized documents. Citation of manufacturer's or trade names does not constitute an official endorsement or approval of the use thereof. DESTRUCTION NOTICEDestroy this report when it is no longer needed. Do(More)