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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How Important Is Sound Localization?

Part II of a Series on the Use of Two Ears for Hearing In a recent post, I wrote about hearing with two ears, and listed the following among the major phenomena involved: Head shadow effect Sound localization Loudness squelch Facilitation in noise (masking level difference) Binaural summation Collectively, these phenomena result in at least…

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