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J Acoust Soc Am. 2012 May;131(5):4030-41. doi: 10.1121/1.3701879.

Across-site patterns of modulation detection: relation to speech recognition.

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Kresge Hearing Research Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5616, USA.

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  • J Acoust Soc Am. 2013 Jul;134(1):715.


The aim of this study was to identify across-site patterns of modulation detection thresholds (MDTs) in subjects with cochlear implants and to determine if removal of sites with the poorest MDTs from speech processor programs would result in improved speech recognition. Five hundred millisecond trains of symmetric-biphasic pulses were modulated sinusoidally at 10 Hz and presented at a rate of 900 pps using monopolar stimulation. Subjects were asked to discriminate a modulated pulse train from an unmodulated pulse train for all electrodes in quiet and in the presence of an interleaved unmodulated masker presented on the adjacent site. Across-site patterns of masked MDTs were then used to construct two 10-channel MAPs such that one MAP consisted of sites with the best masked MDTs and the other MAP consisted of sites with the worst masked MDTs. Subjects' speech recognition skills were compared when they used these two different MAPs. Results showed that MDTs were variable across sites and were elevated in the presence of a masker by various amounts across sites. Better speech recognition was observed when the processor MAP consisted of sites with best masked MDTs, suggesting that temporal modulation sensitivity has important contributions to speech recognition with a cochlear implant.

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