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Implementation of a fast method for measuring psychophysical tuning curves.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21299376     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To implement a fast method for measuring psychophysical tuning curves (PTCs) for use in clinical applications, such as assessment of frequency selectivity and detection of dead regions in the cochlea.
DESIGN: The method is based on that described by Sek et al (2005) and has been implemented in software that can be run on a PC with a good-quality sound card. In addition to the main narrowband noise masker, a lowpass noise masker can be generated to prevent detection of a distortion band corresponding to the simple difference tone.
RESULTS: The software includes a routine for measuring the absolute threshold at the signal frequency and includes methods for estimating the frequency at the tip of the PTC. A PTC can typically be determined in about three minutes. A small amount of practice (two to three runs) may be required to achieve stable results.
CONCLUSIONS: The software implementation allows PTCs to be measured quickly without a requirement for specialised equipment.
Aleksander Sęk; Brian C J Moore
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-02-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of audiology     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1708-8186     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Audiol     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-09     Completed Date:  2011-06-30     Revised Date:  2014-02-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101140017     Medline TA:  Int J Audiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  237-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Acoustic Stimulation
Audiometry / instrumentation,  methods*
Auditory Perception*
Auditory Threshold
Cochlea / physiopathology*
Equipment Design
Hearing Loss / diagnosis*,  physiopathology,  psychology
Noise / adverse effects
Perceptual Masking
Predictive Value of Tests
Psychophysics / instrumentation,  methods*
Reproducibility of Results
Severity of Illness Index
Signal Detection, Psychological
Grant Support
G0701870//Medical Research Council; //Medical Research Council
Comment In:
Int J Audiol. 2011 Apr;50(4):210   [PMID:  21375369 ]

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