Evaluation of Noise in Hearing Instruments Caused by GSM and DECT Mobile Telephones

Mie Østergaard Hansen, Torben Poulsen

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    The annoyance of noise in hearing instruments caused by electromagnetic interference from Global systems for Mobile Communication (GSM) and Digital European Cordless Telecommunication (DECT) mobile telephones has been subjectively evaluated by test subjects. The influence on speech recognition from the GSM and the DECT noises was also determined. The measurements involved seventeen hearing-imparied subjects. The annoyance was tested with GSM and DECT noise, each one mixed with continuous speech, a mall environment noise, or an office environment noise. Speech recognition was tested with the DANTALE word material mixed with GSM and DECT noise. The listening tests showed that if the noise level is acceptable so also is speech recognition. The results agree well with an investigation carried out on normal-hearing subjects. If a hearing instrument user is able to use a telephone without annoyance, the input-related noise level must not exceed 47 dB SPL for GSM and 46 dB SPL for DECT.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalScandinavian Audiology
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)227-232
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

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