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Volume 115, Issue 3, March 2004
- TRANSDUCTION 
115(2004); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.1643358View Description Hide Description
The increased sensitivity of hearing aids to feedback as a telephone handset is brought near has been studied experimentally and numerically. For the measurements, three different hearing aids were modified so that the open-loop transfer function could be measured. They were mounted in the pinna of a mannikin and the change in open-loop transfer function determined as a function of handset proximity. Increases of over 20 dB were observed, most of this change occurring within the first 10 mm of separation between pinna and handset. Numerical calculations performed using a boundary element technique were in good agreement with the measurements.