Volume 129, Issue 6, June 2011
- jasa express letters
- letters to the editor
- general linear acoustics 
- nonlinear acoustics 
- aeroacoustics, atmospheric sound 
- underwater sound 
- ultrasonics, quantum acoustics, and physical effects of sound 
- transduction 
- noise: its effects and control 
- acoustical measurements and instrumentation 
- acoustic signal processing 
- physiological acoustics 
- psychological acoustics 
- speech production 
- speech perception 
- speech processing and communication systems 
- bioacoustics 
- acoustical news
- book reviews
- reviews of acoustical patents
Index of content:
- JASA EXPRESS LETTERS
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3571537View Description Hide Description
The scope of this study is to relate the acoustic emission(AE) during rupture of human soft tissue (anterior cruciate ligament, ACL) to the mechanisms leading to its failure. The cumulative AE activity highlights the onset of serious damage, while other parameters, show repeatable tendencies, being well correlated with the tissue’s mechanical behavior. The frequency content of AE signals increases throughout the experiment, while other indices characterize between different modes of failure. Results of this preliminary study show that AE can shed light into the failure process of this tissue, and provide useful data on the ACL reconstruction.
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3579145View Description Hide Description
Strong, exciting, and engaging sound is perceived in the best concert halls. Here, it is shown that wideband early reflections that preserve the temporal envelope of sound contribute to the clear and open acoustics with strong bass. Such reflections are fused with the direct sound due to the precedence effect. In contrast, reflections that distort the temporal envelope render the sound weak and muddy because they partially break down the precedence. The presented findings are based on the earlier psychoacoustics research, and confirmed by a perceptual evaluation with six simulated concert halls that have same monaural room acoustical parameter values according to ISO3382-1.
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3571536View Description Hide Description
Horizontal localization experiments are used to evaluate the listener’s ability to locate the position of a sound source, and determine how signal characteristics affect this ability. These experiments generate circular, bimodal, and repeated data that are challenging to statistically analyze. A two-part mixture of wrapped Cauchys is proposed for these data, with the effects of signal type and position on localization bias, precision, and front-back confusion modeled using regression. The model is illustrated using mid- (1.0–2.0 kHz) and high- (3.0–6.0 kHz) frequency narrow band noises localization collected among ten normal hearing listeners.
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3574766View Description Hide Description
The focus of this work is on arrival time and amplitude estimation from acoustic signals recorded at spatially separated hydrophones in the ocean. A particle filtering approach is developed that treats arrival times as “targets” and tracks their “location” across receivers, also modeling arrival time gradient. The method is evaluated via Monte Carlo simulations and is compared to a maximum likelihood estimator, which does not relate arrivals at neighboring receivers. The comparison demonstrates a significant advantage in using the particle filter. It is also shown that posterior probability density functions of times and amplitudes become readily available with particle filtering.
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3582148View Description Hide Description
Cochlear implant(CI) users’ speech understanding may be influenced by different speaking styles. In this study, speech recognition was measured in Mandarin-speaking CI and normal-hearing (NH) subjects for sentences produced according to four styles: slow, normal, fast, and whispered. CI subjects were tested using their clinical processors; NH subjects were tested while listening to a four-channel CI simulation. Performance gradually worsened with increasing speaking rate and was much poorer with whispered speech.CI performance was generally similar to NH performance with the four-channel simulation. Results suggest that some speaking styles, especially whispering, may negatively affect Mandarin-speaking CI users’ speech understanding.
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3582150View Description Hide Description
Coherence-based analysis techniques utilizing a small number of microphones are often applied in aeroacousticmeasurements. These techniques can remove statistically incoherent noise, electronic or hydrodynamic, from acoustic signals measured by microphones, at significantly lower cost than array methods. However, the assumptions involved in the usage of the ordinary coherence function technically limit analysis to a single-source field. In the presence of multiple sources the coherence function breaks down and ordinary analysis techniques under-predict true acoustic levels. This phenomenon is demonstrated mathematically and illustrated using experimental trailing edge noise data.
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3577576View Description Hide Description
A non-inertial sensing approach for an Acoustic Vector Sensor (AVS), which utilizes eddy-current displacement sensors and operates well at Ultra-Low Frequencies (ULF), is described here. In the past, most ULF measurements (from mHertz to approximately 10 Hertz) have been conducted using heavy geophones or seismometers that must be installed on the seafloor; these sensors are not suitable for water column measurements. Currently, there are no readily available compact and affordable underwater AVS that operate within this frequency region. Test results have confirmed the validity of the proposed eddy-current AVS design and have demonstrated high acoustic sensitivity.
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3579151View Description Hide Description
Shipnoise data reveal an intensification of the near-surface sound field over a submarine canyon. Numerical modeling of sound propagation is used to study the effect. The noise data were collected during an ocean acoustic and physical oceanography experiment northeast of Taiwan in 2009. In situmeasurements of water sound–speed profiles and a database of high-resolution bathymetry are used in the modeling study. The model results suggest that the intensification is caused by three-dimensional sound focusing by the concave canyon seafloor. Uncertainties in the model results from unsampled aspects of the environment are discussed.
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3590739View Description Hide Description
Currently there are few standardized speech testing materials for Mandarin-speaking cochlear implant (CI) listeners. In this study, Mandarin speech perception (MSP) sentence test materials were developed and validated in normal-hearing subjects listening to acoustic simulations of CI processing. Percent distribution of vowels, consonants, and tones within each MSP sentence list was similar to that observed across commonly used Chinese characters. There was no significant difference in sentence recognition across sentence lists. Given the phonetic balancing within lists and the validation with spectrally degraded speech, the present MSP test materials may be useful for assessing speech performance of Mandarin-speaking CI listeners.
Experimental validation of the sound transmission of rectangular baffled plates with general elastic boundary conditions129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3591053View Description Hide Description
Several prediction methods have recently been developed for systematically studying the effects of general boundary conditions on the sound transmission loss (STL) of plate-like structures. But corresponding experimental validation studies remain scarce owing to the difficulty of obtaining accurate boundary conditions for practical structures. This paper presents a convincing experiment conducted on a baffled plate system to validate the STL prediction model in a previous paper by Yuet al. [Noise Control Eng. J.58(2), 187–200, 2010]. A method is proposed to determine the boundary conditions of this system, and experimental STL compares well with the predictions based on the identified boundary condition.
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3590168View Description Hide Description
The degree of similarity between signal and masker in informational masking paradigms has been hypothesized to contribute to informational masking. The present study attempted to quantify “similarity” using a discrimination task. Listeners discriminated various signal stimuli from a multitone complex and then detected the presence of those signals embedded in a multitone informational masker. Discriminability negatively correlated with detection threshold in an informational masking experiment, indicating that similarity between signal and the masker quality contributed to informational masking. These results suggest a method for specifying relevant signal attributes in informational masking paradigms involving similarity manipulations.
- LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3578457View Description Hide Description
The primary oscillators of tuned percussion instruments are rigid structures that exhibit bending waves. Bending waves do not naturally occur at harmonically related frequencies, which may lead to uncertainty associated with the intended pitch of the instrument. Despite millennia of development across many cultures, tuned percussion instruments rarely exhibit harmonic tuning of the first three or more partials. This letter presents three percussion instruments that have three or more harmonically tuned partials, and provides an overview of the methods used to tune the partials and manufacture the instruments at relatively low production costs. These instruments form the basis of new percussion instrument ensembles for educational, recreational, and professional use.
Masked auditory thresholds in three species of birds, as measured by the auditory brainstem response (L)129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3578452View Description Hide Description
Auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) were recorded in adult budgerigars, canaries, and zebra finches in quiet and in three levels of white noise for tone stimuli between 1 and 4 kHz. Similar to behavioral results, masked ABR thresholds increased linearly with increasing noise levels. When the three species are considered together, ABR-derived CRs were higher than behavioral CRs by 18–23 dB between 2 and 4 kHz and by about 30 dB at 1 kHz. This study clarifies the utility of using ABRs for estimating masked auditory thresholds in natural environmental noises in species that cannot be tested behaviorally.
On the acoustic-radiation-induced strain and stress in elastic solids with quadratic nonlinearity (L)129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3583501View Description Hide Description
This letter demonstrates that an eigenstrain is induced when a wave propagates through an elastic solid with quadratic nonlinearity. It is shown that this eigenstrain is intrinsic to the material, but the mean stress and the total mean strain are not. Instead, the mean stress and total means strain also depend on the boundary conditions, so care must be taken when using the static deformation to measure the acoustic nonlinearity parameter of a solid.
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3589251View Description Hide Description
A 48 m rail with a moving receiver was used to measureforward scattering from a spherical shell lying on the bottom in the Gulf of Mexico. The target was mid-way between the source and rail, on a line from the source bisecting the rail. The major obstacle to the measurement of forward scattering is the much stronger source signal which overlaps the scattered signal in space and time. Here, forward scattered target strength is obtained by processing the received signals using a wavenumber filter to remove the incident wave. The result compares favorably to that obtained from numerical predictions.
Bimodal listeners are not sensitive to interaural time differences in unmodulated low-frequency stimuli (L)129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3557051View Description Hide Description
Sensitivity to interaural time differences(ITDs) with unmodulated low-frequency stimuli was assessed in bimodal listeners who had previously shown to be good performers in ITD experiments. Two types of stimuli were used: (1) an acoustic sinusoid combined with an electric transposed signal and (2) an acoustic sinusoid combined with an electric clicktrain. No or very low sensitivity to ITD was found for these stimuli, even though subjects were highly trained on the task and were intensively tested in multiple test sessions. In previous studies with users of a cochlear implant(CI) and a contralateral hearing aid (HA) (bimodal listeners), sensitivity was shown to ITD with modulated stimuli with frequency content between 600 and 3600 Hz. The outcomes of the current study imply that in speech processing design for users of a CI in combination with a HA on the contralateral side, the emphasis should be more on providing salient envelope ITD cues than on preserving fine-timing ITD cues present in acoustic signals.
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3575603View Description Hide Description
Spherical near field acoustic holography (spherical NAH) is a technique that makes it possible to reconstruct the sound field inside and just outside a spherical surface on which the sound pressure is measured with an array of microphones. This is potentially very useful for source identification. The sphere can be acoustically transparent or it can be rigid. A rigid sphere is somewhat more practical than an open sphere. However, spherical NAH based on a rigid sphere is only valid if it can be assumed that the sphere has a negligible influence on the incident sound field, and this is not necessarily a good assumption when the sphere is very close to a radiating surface. This Letter examines the matter through simulations and experiments.
- GENERAL LINEAR ACOUSTICS 
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3575627View Description Hide Description
A phase shift formulation of scattering by oblate and prolate spheroids is presented, in parallel with the partial-wave theory of scattering by spherical obstacles. The crucial step is application of a finite Legendre transform to the Helmholtz equation in spheroidal coordinates. In the long-wavelength limit the spheroidal analog of the spherical scattering length immediately gives the cross section. Analytical results are readily obtained for scattering of Schrödinger particle waves by impenetrable spheroids, and for scattering of sound waves by acoustically soft spheroidal objects. The method is restricted to scattering by spheroids whose symmetry axis is coincident with the direction of the incident plane wave.
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3578460View Description Hide Description
A method is presented for efficiently computing the propagating pressure field backscattered by an arbitrarily shaped, weakly scattering, three-dimensional object. This is accomplished by drawing upon a previously reported relationship between the boundary condition on a two-dimensional radiating aperture and the pressure propagating along an axis normal to the aperture, and the fundamental theorem of diffraction tomography, which relates the Fourier transform of an object function to its scattered pressure field. Together, these two results are used to derive an integral formula that expresses the pressure field backscattered from an object as a one-dimensional Fourier transform of its scattering amplitude. This formula is then utilized to compute the backscattered pressure field from a uniform fluid sphere in the first Born approximation; the results of which are compared to the rigorous partial wave expansion.
129(2011); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3585844View Description Hide Description
The paper describes the results of experimental measurements of point mobility carried out on circular plates containing tapered holes of quadratic power-law profile with attached damping layers. The obtained results are compared to the developed numerical model, as a means of validation. The profiles of the tapered hole in the plates are designed to replicate near zero reflection of quasi-plane waves from a tapered hole in geometrical acoustics approximation, also known as acoustic black hole effect. The driving point mobility measurements are provided, showing a comparison of the results for a constant thickness circular plate, a constant thickness plate with a layer of damping film applied and a plate with a quadratic power-law profile machined into the center, which is tested with a thin layer of elastic damping material attached. The results indicate a substantial suppression of resonant peaks, agreeing with a numerical model, which is based on the analytical solution available for the vibration of a plate with a central quadratic power-law profile. The paper contains results for the case of free boundary conditions on all edges of the plates, with emphasis placed on the predictions of resonant frequencies and the amplitudes of vibration and loss factor.