Acoustic depth estimation ability in normal listeners


  • R.W. Gatehouse Dept. of Psychology, Guelph Univ., Ont., Canada
  • C.L. Pattee


hearing, normal listeners, depth perception, acoustic depth


Eight clinically defined monaurals of varied loss types, levels, and etiologies were tested on a depth perception task in which they adjusted the position of a movable comparison source of one frequency until it appeared to be in physical alignment with a statically positioned standard source of a different frequency. The data were compared with the results of normally hearing subjects tested on approximately the same task, but at a different time. In practically all aspects, the data of the monaurals corroborated that of the normals, indicating that this new adjustment approach to depth study is viable. As before, the most significant variable was the initial position of the comparison source, while learning and frequency as main effects were not significant. Clearly however, the combined data of the monaurals and normals shows that the lower the frequency of the comparison relative to that of the to-be-judged acoustic depth, the more accurate the estimate




How to Cite

Gatehouse R, Pattee C. Acoustic depth estimation ability in normal listeners. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 1985 Oct. 1 [cited 2021 Dec. 5];13(4):3-14. Available from:



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