Takefumi Sakaguchi

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Bone conduction enables ultrasound to be heard. Although several hypotheses about ultrasonic perception have been presented, the perception mechanism of bone-conducted ultrasound has not yet been established. In this study, to investigate ultrasonic perception, the amount of masking produced by 27-, 30- and 33-kHz bone-conducted ultrasonic maskers for(More)
The effect of frequency on N1m has been investigated by various methods. However, it has not yet been measured using forward masking. In this study, the frequency specificity of N1m was investigated using forward masking. Although the masker frequency had some influence on N1m amplitudes, the results suggested that the frequency specificity of N1m was worse(More)
Auditory sensation is affected by a forward masker, and this phenomenon has been demonstrated in a neural adaptation model and a temporal window (integration) model. To study forward masking in the central auditory system, the growth of the N1m amplitude was measured by varying the signal delay. In the adaptation model, the masking increases as the signal(More)
CONCLUSION N1m growth indicates the differences in central auditory processing between bone-conducted ultrasound and air-conducted audible sound. OBJECTIVES Bone conduction enables ultrasound to be heard by the human ear. Despite many studies, the perceptual mechanism of bone-conducted ultrasound has not yet been clarified completely. Therefore, this(More)
A prototype for a bone-conducted ultrasonic hearing aid was developed for the profoundly deaf. Previous studies using bone-conducted ultrasonic hearing aid revealed intelligibility only with the use of acoustic media in transmitting language information. In this study, we investigated the effects of visual information (lip-reading information) on(More)
CONCLUSION This study showed that it is possible to transmit language information using bone-conducted ultrasound (BCU) in normal-hearing subjects. Our results suggest the possibility of a difference in speech recognition between BCU and air-conducted audible sound (ACAS). OBJECTIVE Ultrasound was audible when delivered by bone conduction. Some profoundly(More)
According to previous studies, ultrasound can be perceived through bone conduction and ultrasound amplitude modulated by different speech sounds can be discriminated by some profoundly deaf subjects as well as the normal-hearing. These findings suggest the usefulness of development of a bone-conducted ultrasonic hearing aid (BCUHA) for profoundly deaf(More)
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