Masking Level Differences (MLDs) in selected clinical populations : An overview

Frank Musiek, PhD   Background Masking level differences (MLDs), also termed bilateral masking level differences (BMLDs), were introduced to the scientific community by Ira Hirsh and J.C.R. Licklider in independent reports in 1948. Hirsh reported on MLDs for tonal stimuli and Licklider for speech stimuli. Though it is not the intent of this brief communication…

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Central Deafness: A Synopsis

Frank Musiek, PhD University of Arizona   Introduction Recently, one of our articles was published in the International Journal of Audiology (IJA) pertaining to central deafness [Musiek, F., Chermak, G., & Cone, B. (2019). Central Deafness: A Review of Past and Current Perspectives. International Journal of Audiology, 58, 605 – 617]. Much to our delight,…

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Dr. Clinton Woolsey: An Historical Profile

Editors Note: Ocassionally Pathways will offer an historical account of someone who has made outstanding contributions to our field of neuroaudiology who is not an audiologist. Clinton Woolsey is one of those people he was a renounded neuroanatomist/neurophysiologist . Here is a nice review by Kylie Boyd.   Kylie Boyd, B.S., B.A. Au.D. Student, University…

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Utilization of the Dichotic Difference Score

Annette Hurley, PhD., CCC-A, Dept. of Communication Disorders LSU Health Sciences Center, ahurle@lsuhsc.edu   Introduction Dichotic listening tests are one of the most frequently used behavioral tests included in the behavioral Auditory Processing disorder (APD) test battery (Emanuel et al, 2011).  Dichotic tests are sensitive to the maturation and development of the central auditory nervous system (CANS),…

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