Stephan Dieter Ewert

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A model of computational auditory signal-processing and perception that accounts for various aspects of simultaneous and nonsimultaneous masking in human listeners is presented. The model is based on the modulation filterbank model described by Dau et al. [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 102, 2892 (1997)] but includes major changes at the peripheral and more central(More)
An eight-channel database of head-related impulse responses (HRIRs) and binaural room impulse responses (BRIRs) is introduced. The impulse responses (IRs) were measured with three-channel behind-the-ear (BTEs) hearing aids and an in-ear microphone at both ears of a human head and torso simulator. The database aims at providing a tool for the evaluation of(More)
This study presents an auditory processing model that accounts for the perceptual phenomenon of comodulation masking release (CMR). The model includes an equalization-cancellation (EC) stage for the processing of activity across the audio-frequency axis. The EC process across frequency takes place at the output of a modulation filterbank assumed for each(More)
Three experiments are presented to explore the relative role of "external" signal variability and "internal" resolution limitations of the auditory system in the detection and discrimination of amplitude modulations (AM). In the first experiment, AM-depth discrimination performance was determined using sinusoidally modulated broadband-noise and pure-tone(More)
Three experimental paradigms were used to specify the auditory system's frequency selectivity for amplitude modulation (AM). In the first experiment, masked-threshold patterns were obtained for signal-modulation frequencies of 4, 16, 64, and 256 Hz in the presence of a half-octave-wide modulation masker, both applied to the same noise carrier with a(More)
The speech-based envelope power spectrum model (sEPSM) presented by Jørgensen and Dau [(2011). J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 130, 1475-1487] estimates the envelope power signal-to-noise ratio (SNRenv) after modulation-frequency selective processing. Changes in this metric were shown to account well for changes of speech intelligibility for normal-hearing listeners in(More)
The frequency selectivity for amplitude modulation applied to tonal carriers and the role of beats between modulators in modulation masking were studied. Beats between the masker and signal modulation as well as intrinsic envelope fluctuations of narrow-band-noise modulators are characterized by fluctuations in the "second-order" envelope (referred to as(More)
Thresholds were measured for detecting sinusoidal amplitude modulation in the presence of a complex-tone masker modulation. Both modulations were applied to the same sinusoidal carrier. Two different masker modulations were used: (i) a pair of components beating at the difference frequency and (ii) a three-tone complex producing a sinusoidal amplitude(More)
For high-frequency complex stimuli, detection thresholds for envelope-based interaural time differences (ITDs) decrease with overall level. Substantial heterogeneity is, however, evident among the findings concerning the rate at which thresholds decline with level. This study investigated factors affecting the influence of overall level on threshold ITDs.(More)
Many sounds in the environment have temporal envelope fluctuations that are correlated in different frequency regions. Comodulation masking release (CMR) illustrates how such coherent fluctuations can improve signal detection. This study assesses how perceptual grouping mechanisms affect CMR. Detection thresholds for a 1-kHz sinusoidal signal were measured(More)