"Dip listening" or "Modulation Masking": how to end up in a blind (v)alley Michael Stone, University of Manchester

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UCLSpeechScienceForum
Friday26thFebruary2016,10am,G15
"Diplistening"or"ModulationMasking":howtoendupin
ablind(v)alley
MichaelStone,UniversityofManchester
Abstract
Theabilitytounderstandspeechinthepresenceofafluctuatingbackground
noiseisoneofthemarvelsofthehumanauditorysystem.Justhowdowe
assemblethecomponentsofspeechthatonlybrieflypopupoutofanocean
ofbackgroundnoise?Onetheoryisthatwelisteninthe"dips"ofthe
backgroundnoisewherethetargetsignalisbrieflymoreaudible.Aswith
mosttheories,theneedforrefinementisoftensuggestedbyexperiment.
Recentexperimentssuggestthatourunderstandingof,andourpursuitof
"restoring"dip-listeninginthehearingimpairedhasledusupsomeblind
alleys.Thistalkwillreviewsomeoftheserecentexperiments.
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