The Frequency (Pitch) Pattern test @ 50 years: Remembering Marilyn Pinheiro

Frank Musiek, PhD This year marks 50 years since the original article on the frequency or pitch pattern test was published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA). The authors of that article were Marilyn Pinheiro, a post doc student, and Paul Ptacek, a professor, both at Case Western Reserve University. The…

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Can noise makes listening and learning easier?

Associate Professor Wayne Wilson Ph.D. Head of Audiology, The University of Queensland, Australia, E: w.wilson@uq.edu.au.   It is widely suggested that noise impairs cognition (e.g., Ronsse & Wang, 2010; Shield & Dockrell, 2003). For this reason, we often seek to reduce noise particularly in learning environments such as schools and universities. But what if noise…

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Some Essential Calibration Measurements in CAPD Testing

Frank Musiek, Ph.D., University of Arizona Many years ago, in one of my first job interviews, I was asked what the difference and related implications was between electronic calibration and acoustic calibration. That question is one I never forgot because at the time, I was a little surprised. But, after thinking about it, I realized…

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Edge Frequency Plasticity and the Central Auditory Nervous System

Frank Musiek, Ph.D., University of Arizona   Edge frequency plasticity (EFP) of the central auditory nervous system (CANS) is a phrase that reflects some current interest in the research of auditory plasticity. It is also related to cochlear implants – especially for high frequency sensorineural hearing loss (HFSNHL), trans-synaptic degeneration, frequency discrimination, and even the…

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