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Unexpected intensity changes in the ear canal during a F 0-shifted feedback experimenta)
a) Work was presented in “Unexpected intensity changes in the ear canal during pitch shift experiment,” at the Motor Speech Conference, Santa Rosa, CA, March 2012
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Effects of frequency-shifted feedback are typically examined using Eventide Harmonizer Series processors to shift the fundamental frequency ( ) of auditory feedback during vocalizations, eliciting compensatory shifts in speaker . Recently, unexpected intensity changes were observed in speakers' ear canals, corresponding with shifts. An investigation revealed that feedback time delays introduced by the processor resulted in phase shifts between feedback and unprocessed voice signals radiating into the ear canal via bone conduction, producing combination waves with gains as high as 6 dB. Shifts of this magnitude potentially alter the interpretation of previously published results and should be controlled in future studies.


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