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Adaptive linear filtering algorithms are commonly used to cancel feedback in hearing aids. The use of these algorithms is based on the assumption that the feedback path is linear, so nonlinearities in the feedback path may affect performance. This study investigated the effect on feedback canceller performance of clipping of the feedback signal arriving at(More)
A psychophysical investigation of timbre was undertaken with the intent of deriving quantitative results that could be useful in musical applications. Recordings of metal objects being struck with percussion mallets were rated by subjects on a unidimensional perceptual scale of perceived mallet hardness. Four acoustical parameters of the attack portion(More)
While considerable evidence suggests that bilateral cochlear implant (CI) users' sound localization abilities rely primarily on interaural level difference (ILD) cues, and only secondarily, if at all, on interaural time difference (ITD) cues, this evidence has largely been indirect. This study used head-related transfer functions (HRTFs) to independently(More)
Binaural abilities are difficult to assess, yet important to understand, in the course of rehabilitating bilateral cochlear implantees. One purpose of this research was to develop a binaural assessment methodology using direct electrical input to the cochlear implant, ''direct connect assessment'', pre-processed by appropriate headrelated transfer functions(More)
BACKGROUND Speech recognition in noise testing has been conducted at least since the 1940s (Dickson et al, 1946). The ability to recognize speech in noise is a distinct function of the auditory system (Plomp, 1978). According to Kochkin (2002), difficulty recognizing speech in noise is the primary complaint of hearing aid users. However, speech recognition(More)
OBJECTIVES Cochlear implant microphones differ in placement, frequency response, and other characteristics such as whether they are directional. Although normal-hearing (NH) individuals are often used as controls in studies examining cochlear implant users' binaural benefits, the considerable differences across cochlear implant microphones make such(More)
OBJECTIVES The hypothesis that extending the audible frequency bandwidth beyond the range currently implemented in most hearing aids can improve speech understanding was tested for normal-hearing and hearing-impaired participants using target sentences and spatially separated masking speech. DESIGN The Hearing In Speech Test (HIST) speech corpus was(More)
Bilateral cochlear implant patients are unable to localize as well as normal hearing listeners. Although poor sensitivity to interaural time differences clearly contributes to this deficit, it is unclear whether deficits in terms of interaural level differences are also a contributing factor. In this study, localization was tested while manipulating(More)