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Auditory Adaptation in Spatial Listening Tasks

This paper investigates auditory adaptation processes in spatial listening tasks for normal hearing people. The auditory adaptation process to altered auditory cues of thirteen participants is monitored and compared to their normal hearing listening performance. Binaural room impulse responses are measured for each participant and for an artificial head. Listeners are trained to artificial binaural room impulse responses in an audio-visual training task. Nine out of thirteen listeners could increase their elevation perception significantly and two of these listeners performed better with trained artificial binaural room impulse responses than with their individual measured room impulse responses regarding elevation error in the median plane. The listening test is supported by an interview that asks for externality.

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