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Saturday, February 9 • 9:00am - 9:20am
Laboratory and Field Studies of MEMC in Response to Impulse Noise

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Numerous damage-risk criteria (DRC) for impulsive noise have included a role for middle ear muscle contractions (MEMC). One DRC proposes that if an individual expects an impulse, an MEMC will occur in the listener in anticipation of the impulse. Few studies have systematically examined reflexive and/or anticipatory MEMC in response to impulsive noise.  In recent years, our research group has been focused on filling this knowledge gap.  This presentation will (1) present results from a series of laboratory studies of reflexive and anticipatory MEMC that indicate that MEMC should not be included in DRC and; (2) describe the details of a large, ongoing field study designed to assess MEMC during live-fire exercises with rifles.  This latter study will examine if results obtained from laboratory studies generalize to an environment common to the warfighter.

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Greg Flamme

Senior Scientist, SASRAC
Gregory A. Flamme, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist with Stephenson and Stephenson Research and Consulting (SASRAC).Prior to joining SASRAC, Dr. Flamme held faculty positions at Western Michigan University and The University of Iowa.He completed his Ph.D. in Audiology at The University... Read More →

Stephen Tasko

Associate Professor, SASRAC & Western Michigan University
Stephen Tasko, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Western Michigan University and Research Consultant with Stephenson and Stephenson Research and Consulting (SASRAC).  Dr. Tasko earned his Ph.D. in Communication Disorders... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 9:00am - 9:20am PST
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