The ability to glimpse dynamic pitch in noise by younger and older listeners

Jing Shen*, Pamela E. Souza

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

While dynamic pitch is helpful for speech perception in temporally-modulated noise, the ability to benefit from this cue varies substantially among older listeners. To examine the perceptual factors that contribute to this variability, this study aimed to characterize individuals' ability to perceive dynamic pitch in temporally-modulated noise using dynamic pitch segments extracted from real speech and embedded in temporally modulated noise. Data from younger and older listeners showed stronger pitch contours were more easily perceived than weaker pitch contours. The metric significantly predicted speech-in-noise ability in older listeners. Potential implications of this work are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)EL232-EL237
Journaljournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume146
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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