Thomas Stainsby

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The decay of forward masking was investigated for three subjects with moderate sensorineural hearing loss. For such subjects, compression on the basilar membrane (BM) is thought to be largely absent, enabling one to determine the decay of masking without the influence of compression. Temporal masking curves (TMCs), plots of the masker level at threshold(More)
The identification of nonsense syllables in quiet and in three types of background (babble, cafeteria and single female speaker) was measured using four hearing aid compression algorithms differing in attack and release time constants, and using linear amplification. The speech level was always 65 dB SPL. The compression algorithms, which were implemented(More)
The influence of temporal cues on sequential stream segregation was investigated using five elderly hearing-impaired listeners. In experiment 1, an alternating pattern of A and B tones was used. Each tone was a harmonic complex with a 100-Hz fundamental, with one of three passbands (1250-2500, 1768-3636, or 2500-5000 Hz) and one of three component-phase(More)
The effect of apparent spatial location on sequential streaming was investigated by manipulating interaural time differences (ITDs). The degree of obligatory stream segregation was inferred indirectly from the threshold for detecting a rhythmic irregularity in an otherwise isochronous sequence of interleaved "A" and "B" tones. Stimuli were bandpass-filtered(More)
Transposition of acoustic information from higher to lower frequencies may help people with severe or profound high-frequency hearing loss, especially when a 'dead region' is present. Previously, we (Robinson et al, 2007 ) evaluated the benefit of an FFT-based transposition algorithm in a laboratory study. Although results were promising, we hypothesized(More)
Roberts et al. [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 112, 2074-2085 (2002)] demonstrated that sequential stream segregation occurs with stimuli that differ only in phase spectrum. We investigated if this was partly due to differences in effective excitation level. Stimuli were harmonic complexes with a 100 Hz fundamental, 1250-2500 Hz passband, and cosine, alternating, or(More)
There is a wide range in performance for cochlear implant (CI) users and there is some evidence to suggest that implant fitting can be modified to improve performance if electrodes that do not provide distinct pitch information are de-activated. However, improvements in performance may not be the same for users of all CI devices; in particular for those(More)
OBJECTIVE In categorical loudness scaling (CLS), subjects rate the perceived loudness on a categorical scale with alternatives. ISO 16832 describes an internationally standardized CLS procedure for the acoustical domain. This study focuses on the reproducibility of CLS following the recommendations of ISO 16832 using electrical stimuli presented to cochlear(More)