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The effect of stimulation rate on speech perception in individuals using Nucleus Freedom Cochlear Implant

Manchaiah, V.K.C., Eyles, J. and Verschuur, C.A. (2009) The effect of stimulation rate on speech perception in individuals using Nucleus Freedom Cochlear Implant Journal of the Indian Speech and Hearing Association, 23, pp. 61-73.

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The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of high electrical stimulation rates in cochlear
implants (CI) on speech perception. Four participants using Nucleus Freedom CI and five adult
participants with normal hearing performed a vowel consonant vowel (VCV) consonant (iCi)
recognition task in quiet and a (Bamford-Kowal-Bench) BKB sentence recognition task in noise at +10
dB signal to noise ratio (SNR). The performance of the participants was measured for three stimulation
rates, namely 1800 pulses per second per channel (pps/ch), 2400 pps/ch and 3500 pps/ch, with the
Advanced Combination Encoder Revised i.e. ACE (RE) speech coding strategy. Participants with
normal hearing were also studied to see the effect of overlap on CI acoustic modelling. The speech
perception results of the participants using the Nucleus Freedom system were compared with those of
participants with normal hearing on CI acoustic modelling. The VCV test scores were further analyzed
for feature transmission errors in place and manner of articulation as well as in voicing features. The
results showed that there was no advantage of high stimulation rates for both consonant recognition in
quiet and sentence recognition in noise. The CI acoustic models were found to be useful in studying
the effect of rates in those using a CI. Although CI acoustic model with overlap lead to poor
performance in consonant recognition in quiet and sentence recognition in noise test, they seemed to be the better approximation of the scores among the users of CI

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Published date: 2009
Organisations: Human Sciences Group


Local EPrints ID: 152237
ISSN: 0269-9206
PURE UUID: e17e17ae-2dc3-4ce9-9db2-45e653a1e06c

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Date deposited: 14 May 2010 11:29
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:54

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Author: V.K.C. Manchaiah
Author: J. Eyles
Author: C.A. Verschuur

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