Loudness growth in individual listeners with hearing losses: A review

Jeremy Marozeau, Mary Florentine

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This letter reanalyzes data from the literature in order to test two loudness-growth models for listeners with hearing losses of primarily cochlear origin: rapid growth and softness imperception. Five different studies using different methods to obtain individual loudness functions were used: absolute magnitude estimation, cross-modality matching with string length, categorical loudness scaling, loudness functions derived from binaural loudness summation, and loudness functions derived from spectral summation of loudness. Results from each of the methods show large individual differences. Individual loudness-growth functions encompass a wide range of shapes from rapid growth to softness imperception. (C) 2007 Acoustical Society of America.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)EL81-EL87
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Auditory Threshold
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hearing Tests
  • Humans
  • Loudness Perception
  • Acoustic waves
  • Audition
  • Mathematical models
  • Spectrum analysis
  • Speech processing
  • Acoustic variables measurement
  • audiology
  • binaural hearing
  • cochlea
  • conference paper
  • frequency analysis
  • hardness
  • hearing acuity
  • hearing loss
  • human
  • loudness
  • model
  • perception deafness
  • priority journal
  • pure tone audiometry
  • rating scale
  • sound pressure
  • Loudness functions
  • Magnitude estimation
  • T
  • individual loudness function
  • hearing loss Hearing Disorders (MeSH) ear disease
  • 04500, Mathematical biology and statistical methods
  • 10515, Biophysics - Biocybernetics
  • 12502, Pathology - General
  • 20004, Sense organs - Physiology and biochemistry
  • 20006, Sense organs - Pathology
  • Computational Biology
  • Human Medicine, Medical Sciences
  • cochlea sensory system
  • rapid growth loudness model laboratory techniques
  • softness imperception loudness model laboratory techniques
  • Models and Simulations
  • Otolaryngology


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