Jimmy Fallon & Andy Cohen Hitting Dead & Company at The Garden

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Jimmy Fallon is planning on joining his buddy Andy Cohen for his first Grateful Dead experience ever, the Dead & Company show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. So, basically…he’s a Deadhead now, it’s official. I’m sorry, I don’t make the rules. Everyone knows that seeing your first show is only the beginning […]
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Ice-T recalls meeting Eminem on Warped Tour: “Kids were booing him”

Ice-T is easily the most metal rapper of all time from his work with Body Count to his fandom of heavy acts, but a lot of people forget he also hopped on Warped Tour back in 1999. That same year, Eminem was also on the tour, as weird as that sounds, and Ice-T recalls meeting him there and watching […]
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Masked Sentence Recognition in Children, Young Adults, and Older Adults: Age-Dependent Effects of Semantic Context and Masker Type

Objectives: Masked speech recognition in normal-hearing listeners depends in part on masker type and semantic context of the target. Children and older adults are more susceptible to masking than young adults, particularly when the masker is speech. Semantic context has been shown to facilitate noise-masked sentence recognition in all age groups, but it is not known whether age affects a listener’s ability to use context with a speech masker. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effect of masker type and semantic context of the target as a function of listener age. Design: Listeners were children (5 to 16 years), young adults (19 to 30 years), and older adults (67 to 81 years), all with normal or near-normal hearing. Maskers were either speech-shaped noise or two-talker speech, and targets were either semantically correct (high context) sentences or semantically anomalous (low context) sentences. Results: As predicted, speech reception thresholds were lower for young adults than either children or older adults. Age effects were larger for the two-talker masker than the speech-shaped noise masker, and the effect of masker type was larger in children than older adults. Performance tended to be better for targets with high than low semantic context,……

Effects of Reverberation on the Relation Between Compression Speed and Working Memory for Speech-in-Noise Perception

Objectives: Previous study has suggested that when listening in modulated noise, individuals benefit from different wide dynamic range compression (WDRC) speeds depending on their working memory ability. Reverberation reduces the modulation depth of signals and may impact the relation between WDRC speed and working memory. The purpose of this study was to examine this relation across a range of reverberant conditions. Design: Twenty-eight older listeners with mild-to-moderate sensorineural hearing impairment were recruited in the present study. Individual working memory was measured using a Reading Span test. Sentences were combined with noise at two signal to noise ratios (2 and 5 dB SNR), and reverberation was simulated at a range of reverberation times (0.00, 0.75, 1.50, and 3.00 sec). Speech intelligibility was measured in listeners when listening to the sentences processed with simulated fast-acting and slow-acting WDRC conditions. Results: There was a significant relation between WDRC speed and working memory with minimal or no reverberation. Consistent with previous research, this relation was such that individuals with high working memory had higher speech intelligibility with fast-acting WDRC, and individuals with low working memory performed better with slow-acting WDRC. However, at longer reverberation times, there was no relation between WDRC speed and working memory. Conclusions:……

Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer tease Hella Mega tour

Over the weekend, Green Day vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong sent fans into a frenzy with a cryptic teaser. Since then, clues have been popping up left and right for the Hella Mega tour featuring Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy. We need this to happen. Read more: Tyler Joseph reveals wife Jenna’s pregnancy during twenty […]
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