Intensity discrimination in noise: Effect of aging

Ewen MacDonald, M. Kathy Pichora-Fuller, Bruce Schneider

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Abstract

Intensity discrimination thresholds for a 70 dB SPL, 500-Hz pure tone presented in quiet, broadband, and notched noise were measured for six younger and older adults all with good audiograms using a two-alternative forced-choice paradigm. All six younger adults had smaller thresholds in the broadband-noise compared to the notched-noise condition. The majority of the older adults had much larger thresholds than the younger adults in the broadband-noise condition and there was no significant difference between their thresholds in broadband and notched-noise conditions. This pattern of findings suggests that most of the older adults had difficulty making use of the temporal fine structure cues available in the broadband-noise condition, consistent with a possible age-related decline in temporal synchrony coding.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysicists
Publication date2007
Pages135-140
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysicists - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 1 Jan 2007 → …

Conference

Conference23rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysicists
CityTokyo, Japan
Period01/01/2007 → …

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MacDonald, E., Pichora-Fuller, M. K., & Schneider, B. (2007). Intensity discrimination in noise: Effect of aging. In Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysicists (pp. 135-140)