Binaural Loudness Squelch

Studies have reported that listening with two ears is better than listening with one, especially in binaural understanding of speech in a noisy environment.  This binaural advantage is believed to arise from a combination of head diffraction, redundancy, and binaural squelch effects.  Head diffraction has been discussed previously, and binaural redundancy is being reserved for…

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Binaural Hearing 101

Hearing With Two Ears Binaural Hearing.  “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak” (Epictetus the Stoic). These may be wishful thoughts relative to wisdom, but near the truth relative to psychoacoustics. The auditory system maximizes slight differences in time (and phase), intensity, and spectral…

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