Journal article

Better fitting of cochlear implants: modeling loudness for acoustic and electric stimuli

Hugh McDermott, Andrea Varsavsky

JOURNAL OF NEURAL ENGINEERING | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

It is becoming more common for cochlear implant (CI) recipients to have some useful acoustic hearing post-operatively. Such CI users may benefit from simultaneous use of an acoustic hearing aid (HA). To provide a satisfactory fitting of both types of devices, it is helpful to make the loudness perceived via each device as similar as possible. In practice, this is usually attempted by adjusting the sensitivity and/or gain of each device during fitting, but it is often not clear whether or how well the loudness of the devices has been matched for each user. In this study, established numerical models of loudness for both acoustic and electric stimulation were used to investigate this problem. ..

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