forward masking


Definition of forward masking

: masking (see masking entry 1 sense 2c) of one stimulus by the occurrence of another stimulus right before it Forward masking is a form of temporal inhibition in which a loud sound suppresses the response to subsequent sounds …— Erik C. Sobel and David W. Tank, Science, 11 Feb. 1994 Some investigators have reported that people with hearing loss exhibit more forward masking than would be predicted based on the test results of normal-hearing individuals.— Vishakha W. Rawool, The Hearing Review, June 2006

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Forward masking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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