Mechanisms of hearing question
Didier A. Depireux
didier at Glue.umd.edu
Wed Dec 16 09:38:46 EST 1998
: I can't understand how a sound pressure wave could survive if its amplitude was
: less than brownian motion.
That's quite a good question mind you. I have a hard time with that too!
: Some people with severe hyperacusis (a condition where normal levels of sound
: are uncomfortable) can hear sounds with negative dB levels.
Just to point out that zero dB is defined to be the minimum sound pressure
level that can be heard by _average_ 17 year-old males with good hearing.
It corresponds to 20 micro-Pascal rms. So it's just an arbitrary reference,
and half of those kids had thresholds down to -3 or -4 dB (at about 3-4 kHz).
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