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Speech recognition was measured as a function of spectral resolution (number of spectral channels) and speech-to-noise ratio in normal-hearing (NH) and cochlear-implant (CI) listeners. Vowel, consonant, word, and sentence recognition were measured in five normal-hearing listeners, ten listeners with the Nucleus-22 cochlear implant, and nine listeners with(More)
Cochlear implants (CIs) are auditory prostheses that restore hearing via electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve. Compared to normal acoustic hearing, sounds transmitted through the CI are spectro-temporally degraded, causing difficulties in challenging listening tasks such as speech intelligibility in noise and perception of music. In normal hearing(More)
In normal hearing (NH), the perception of the gender of a speaker is strongly affected by two anatomically related vocal characteristics: the fundamental frequency (F0), related to vocal pitch, and the vocal tract length (VTL), related to the height of the speaker. Previous studies on gender categorization in cochlear implant (CI) users found that(More)
OBJECTIVE To update a 15-year-old study of 800 postlinguistically deaf adult patients showing how duration of severe to profound hearing loss, age at cochlear implantation (CI), age at onset of severe to profound hearing loss, etiology and CI experience affected CI outcome. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective multicenter study. METHODS Data from 2251 adult(More)
Previous experiments have demonstrated that the correct tonotopic representation of spectral information is important for speech recognition. However, in prosthetic devices, such as hearing aids and cochlear implants, there may be a frequency/place mismatch due in part to the signal processing of the device and in part to the pathology that caused the(More)
Human hearing is constructive. For example, when a voice is partially replaced by an extraneous sound (e.g., on the telephone due to a transmission problem), the auditory system may restore the missing portion so that the voice can be perceived as continuous (Miller and Licklider, 1950; for review, see Bregman, 1990; Warren, 1999). The neural mechanisms(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the influence of multiple factors on cochlear implant (CI) speech performance in quiet and in noise for postlinguistically deaf adults, and to design a model of predicted auditory performance with a CI as a function of the significant factors. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective multi-centre study. METHODS Data from 2251 patients implanted(More)
In normal acoustic hearing the mapping of acoustic frequency information onto the appropriate cochlear place is a natural biological function, but in cochlear implants it is controlled by the speech processor. The cochlear tonotopic range of the implant is determined by the length and insertion depth of the electrode array. Conventional cochlear implant(More)
While new electrode designs allow deeper insertion and wider coverage in the cochlea, there is still considerable variation in the insertion depth of the electrode array among cochlear implant users. The present study measures speech recognition as a function of insertion depth, varying from a deep insertion of 10 electrodes at 28.8 mm to a shallow(More)
PURPOSE Fitting a cochlear implant (CI) for optimal speech perception does not necessarily optimize listening effort. This study aimed to show that listening effort may change between CI processing conditions for which speech intelligibility remains constant. METHOD Nineteen normal-hearing participants listened to CI simulations with varying numbers of(More)