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The performance of an experimental frequency compression hearing device was evaluated using tests of speech understanding in quiet. The device compressed frequencies above a programmable cut-off, resulting in those parts of the input signal being shifted to lower frequencies. Below the cut-off, signals were amplified without frequency shifting. Subjects(More)
Previous investigation of an experimental, wearable frequency-compression hearing aid revealed improvements in speech perception for a group of listeners with moderately sloping audiograms (Simpson et al, 2005). In the frequency-compression hearing aid, high frequencies (above 1600 Hz) were amplified in addition to being lowered in frequency. Lower(More)
Our previous work (Hazan & Simpson, 1998) has shown that increasing the salience of perceptually important regions of nonsense word and sentence materials aids speech perception in noise. This study aimed to extend these findings by investigating the robustness of these enhancement techniques in improving consonant intelligibility for a range of different(More)
For simultaneous acoustic and electric stimulation to be perceived as complementary, it may be beneficial for hearing aids and cochlear implants (CI) to be adjusted to provide compatible pitch sensations. To this end, estimates of the pitch perceived for a set of acoustic and electric stimuli were obtained from 14 CI users who had usable low-frequency(More)
A consonant identification test was carried out with 10 hearing-impaired listeners under various low-pass filter conditions. Subjects were also tested for cochlear dead regions with the TEN test. All subjects had moderate-to-severe high-frequency hearing losses. Consonant recognition was tested under conditions in which the speech signals were highly(More)
An experiment was performed to test the perceptual benefits for non-native listeners of enhancing consonantal regions which contain a high density of acoustic cues to phonemic contrasts in English. Groups of Spanish-L1, Japanese-L1 and native English listeners heard nonsense VCV material produced by two different speakers and composed of 12 consonants(More)
The fitting of a cochlear implant together with aided residual hearing was evaluated by means of matching frequency and/or perceived pitch between acoustic and electric modalities. Five cochlear implant users with the Nucleus Freedom electrode array with residual acoustic hearing participated. Psychophysical procedures were used to create a map in which the(More)
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