Improving speech audibility with wide dynamic range compression in listeners with severe sensorineural loss

  • Souza P
  • Bishop R
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Abstract

In contrast to fitting strategies for linear amplification, which have been refined frequently for listeners with different degrees of hearing loss, we know relatively little about the effects of wide dynamic range compression (WDRC) amplification for listeners with severe auditory thresholds. The primary objective of this study was to determine if increases in audibility with WDRC amplification improved speech recognition to a comparable degree for listeners with different degrees of hearing loss.

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Authors

  • Pamela E. Souza

  • Robbi D. Bishop

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