Pere Albertí

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The aims of this research were to document changes in hearing and speech intelligibility in noise that occur with ageing, noise sensitivity, and progressive bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Five groups defined by age, clinical complaint and degree of hearing loss were tested. Each of 73 subjects participated in nine different procedures, including(More)
In a study of 3466 claimants for noise-induced occupational hearing loss tinnitus was reported by half of the patients. Its characteristics in this select group were different from tinnitus seen in other groups. Specifically, tinnitus prevalence seemed to be independent of age, state of hearing and duration of noise exposure if greater than 10 years. The(More)
There have been repeated claims in the literature that hearing thresholds can be estimated by means of acoustic reflex threshold (ART) measurements. We have evaluated this thesis in depth by examining the statistical relationships between conventional puretone thresholds and ARTs for tonal and broadband stimuli in a large sample (1207) of adult patients(More)
In this paper we propose a method for learning the reasons why groups of consumers prefer some food products instead of others. We emphasize the role of groups given that, from a practical point of view, they may represent market segments that demand different products. Our method starts representing people's preferences in a metric space; there we are able(More)
This study was designed to empirically examine the effects of iPod device and text-messaging activities on driver distraction. Sixty participants were asked to perform a driving simulation task while searching for songs using an iPod device or text messaging. Driving errors as measured by lane deviations were recorded and analyzed as a function of the(More)
This research investigated the effect of car protectors on the intelligibility of speech in noise. Listeners with normal hearing, high-frequency, and flat loss were tested. Half the subjects in each group were fluent in English and half-poorly conversant. Taped lists of 25 words were presented free field under conditions defined by the speech-to-noise(More)
The use of brainstem electric response audiometry (BERA) for early detection of hearing loss is predicated upon large-sample normative data. Auditory brainstem response (ABR) thresholds for click and notch-masked tonepip stimuli were examined in 230 normal infants with no risk factors for hearing loss, tested under audiometrically ideal conditions at(More)
The clinical utility of auditory evoked potentials for validation of the pure tone audiogram in adult compensation claimants and medicolegal patients is examined. Large sample comparisons of evoked potential and conventional pure tone thresholds showed that the slow vertex response can estimate true hearing levels within 10 dB in almost all patients. Given(More)
In this paper we propose a method to learn the reasons why groups of consumers prefer some beef products to others. We emphasise the role of groups since, from a practical point of view, they may represent market segments that demand different products. Our method starts representing people's preferences in a metric space; there we are able to define a(More)
Click ABR wave V thresholds in the first year were compared with follow-up behavioural pure-tone audiometry under earphones at age 3 to 6 years in 713 infants (yielding 1,367 ears) at risk for hearing loss. The observed accuracy of the ABR depends strongly on the precise definitions of the target disorder and the test abnormality criteria. For sensorineural(More)