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Reciprocal measurement of acoustic feedback paths in hearing aids

Tobias Sankowsky-Rothe, Henning Schepker, Simon Doclo, Matthias Blau

Abstract

A reciprocal measurement procedure to measure the acoustic feedback path in hearing aids is investigated. The advantage of the reciprocal measurement compared to the direct measurement is a significantly reduced sound pressure in the ear. The direct and reciprocal measurement are compared using measurements on a dummy head with adjustable ear canals, different earmolds and variations in the outer sound field. The results show that the reciprocal measurement procedure can be used to obtain plausible feedback paths, while reducing the sound pressure in the ear canal by 30 dB to 40 dB.

Reference

T. Sankowsky-Rothe, H. Schepker, S. Doclo, M. Blau
Reciprocal measurement of acoustic feedback paths in hearing aids.
JASA-EL, vol. 138, no. 4, pp. EL399--EL404, 2015

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported in part by the Research Unit FOR 1732 “Individualized Hearing Acoustics” and the Cluster of Excellence 1077 “Hearing4All”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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