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Hear Res. 2017 Sep;352:30-39. doi: 10.1016/j.heares.2017.01.006. Epub 2017 Jan 11.

Voice emotion perception and production in cochlear implant users.

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1
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA, USA.
2
Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music, McGill University Montreal, QC, Canada.
3
Auditory Prostheses and Perception Laboratory, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE, USA.
4
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA, USA. Electronic address: charles.limb@ucsf.edu.

Abstract

Voice emotion is a fundamental component of human social interaction and social development. Unfortunately, cochlear implant users are often forced to interface with highly degraded prosodic cues as a result of device constraints in extraction, processing, and transmission. As such, individuals with cochlear implants frequently demonstrate significant difficulty in recognizing voice emotions in comparison to their normal hearing counterparts. Cochlear implant-mediated perception and production of voice emotion is an important but relatively understudied area of research. However, a rich understanding of the voice emotion auditory processing offers opportunities to improve upon CI biomedical design and to develop training programs benefiting CI performance. In this review, we will address the issues, current literature, and future directions for improved voice emotion processing in cochlear implant users.

KEYWORDS:

Cochlear implant; Speech prosody; Voice emotion; Voice emotion perception; Voice emotion production

PMID:
28088500
PMCID:
PMC5937709
DOI:
10.1016/j.heares.2017.01.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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