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OBJECTIVE The present study investigated the acceptability and the effect of Adaptive dynamic range optimization (ADRO) on speech perception for cochlear implant subjects. ADRO is a preprocessing scheme that continuously adjusts the gain in each frequency band to optimize the signal in the output dynamic range. DESIGN Speech processor programs were(More)
A new amplification strategy (ADRO), based on 64 independently operating channels, was compared with a nine-channel wide dynamic range compression strategy (WDRC). Open-platform in-the-ear hearing instruments were configured either with ADRO or the manufacturer's WDRC strategy. Twenty-two subjects with mild to moderate hearing loss took home the ADRO or(More)
Most tone perception tests for Cantonese-speaking cochlear implant users have been based on tone identification tasks which require significant cognitive development to be successfully completed. Results from such tests suggest that cochlear implant child users are performing at about chance level and may not be receiving much information about pitch using(More)
Open-set word and sentence speech-perception test scores are commonly used as a measure of hearing abilities in children and adults using cochlear implants and/or hearing aids. These tests are usually presented auditorily with a verbal response. In the case of children, scores are typically lower and more variable than for adults with hearing impairments(More)
Tone discrimination testing with two groups of profoundly hearing-impaired children using a cochlear implant and one group of normally hearing children suggests that pitch level is perceptually more salient than pitch contour. In this paper, the discrimination results from these children are submitted to a multidimensional scaling analysis to determine what(More)
OBJECTIVE Cochlear implant recipients often have limited access to lower level speech sounds. In this study we evaluated the effects of varying the input range characteristics of the Nucleus 24 cochlear implant system on recognition of vowels, consonants, and sentences in noise and on listening in everyday life. DESIGN Twelve subjects participated in the(More)
The ability to understand speech in 27 hearing impaired children was assessed using the BKB/A Picture Related Sentence test for children. The mean sentence score for the group was 72% (range 100-18%). Language scores (CELF-R) and Verbal Scale IQ (WISC-R) scores were significantly below the norm (72.8 and 89.2 respectively). Performance Scale IQ scores were(More)