A3.2.8 Artificial ear

3GPP51.010-1Mobile Station (MS) conformance specificationPart 1: Conformance specificationTS

The manufacturer shall declare which type of artificial ear (type 1 or type 3.2 or type 3.4) is used for teleservices speech testing.

The following illustrate the results of both artificial ears when specified for acoustic receiving measurement.

Type 3.2 results are currently referred to ERP (as specified), but measured at DRP. When introducing DRP to ERP correction, a special frequency response is used which is obtained with the artificial ear in a free sound field. The overall result actually differs substantially from the transfer function under the IEC 318 test conditions. Referring the results to DRP instead avoids misleading interpretations.

The difference between the results of type 3.2 low leak artificial ear referred to DRP and ERP respectively is due to the acoustic input impedance of the artificial ear. The high acoustic impedance at DRP is transferred to a relatively low impedance at ERP for high frequencies according to the quarter wavelength distance between both points. This means that acoustic energy at ERP is more in terms of sound velocity, which is not measured with the used pressure microphone. The human ear is known to have its highest sensitivity around 5 KHz. Type 3.2 low leak measurement referred to ERP has particularly low sensitivity at this frequency. In order to account for compatibility between IEC 318 results and type 3.2 low leak results as well as for the sensitivity of the human ear, it is up to the choice of the terminal manufacturer, whether acoustic test results from the type 3.2 low leak artificial ear should be referred to ERP or to DRP.

Annex 4:
Test SIM Parameters