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The Relevance of Auditory Adaptation Effects for the Listening Experience in Virtual Acoustic Environments

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Virtual acoustic environments can provide a plausible reproduction of real acoustic scenes. Since the perceived quality is based on expectations and previous sound exposure, a reliable measure of the listening experience is difficult. Listeners are able to learn how to interpret spatial cues and room reflections for certain tasks. To discuss the relevance of auditory adaptation effects, this paper summarizes a series of listening experiments that show adaptation processes with effect on localization accuracy, externalization, and the ability of a listener to identify the own position in a virtual acoustic environment.

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