Encyclopedia of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

2013 Edition
| Editors: Stilianos E. Kountakis

Binaural Summation

  • Thomas J. BalkanyEmail author
  • Daniel M. Zeitler
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-23499-6_200035


A function of central auditory processing in which the listener perceives increased sound intensity when both ears are presented with a similar signal compared to that achieved by either ear alone. This increased perceptual loudness is also accompanied by increased sensitivity to differences in intensity and frequency improving speech understanding in both quiet and in noise.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity of Miami Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami Ear InstituteMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Denver Ear AssociatesDenverUSA