The perception of auditory roughness presumably results from imperfect spectral or temporal resolution. Sensorineural hearing loss, by affecting spectral resolution, may therefore alter roughness perception. In this study, normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners estimated the roughness of amplitude-modulated tones varying in carrier frequency, modulation rate, and modulation depth. Their judgments were expected to reflect effects of impaired spectral resolution. Instead, their judgments were similar, in most respects, to those of normally-hearing listeners, except at very slow modulation rates. Results suggest that mild-to-moderate sensorineural hearing loss increases the roughness of slowly fluctuating signals.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Acoustics and Ultrasonics