Auditory masking is exploited in technical audio systems for transmission and storage to improve the perceived audio quality. In this respect, perception models are necessary for a masked threshold prediction to quantify the threshold of audibility for a given signal or distortion. The presented ear model emulates those parts of the auditory sound processing which are relevant to masking. The physiological modeling approach is not limited to simple masker-test-signal configurations as usually employed in psychoacoustical measurements, but it is valid for complex signals as well, which is desired in the aforementioned applications. The ear model includes a nonlinear active cochlear model which emulates the basic mechanisms effective in masking: excitation and suppression. Nonlinear mechanical amplification by means of the outer hair cells plays a crucial role in proper modeling of these effects. In addition to physiological measurements at the mechanical level of sound processing in the cochlea, classical masking patterns and nonlinear masking effects are demonstrated by the ear model.

This content is only available via PDF.
Copyright / Drug Dosage / Disclaimer
Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.
You do not currently have access to this content.