Journal article

Psychophysics, Fitting, and Signal Processing for Combined Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant Stimulation

Tom Francart, Hugh J McDermott

Ear and Hearing | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2013


The addition of acoustic stimulation to electric stimulation via a cochlear implant has been shown to be advantageous for speech perception in noise, sound quality, music perception, and sound source localization. However, the signal processing and fitting procedures of current cochlear implants and hearing aids were developed independently, precluding several potential advantages of bimodal stimulation, such as improved sound source localization and binaural unmasking of speech in noise. While there is a large and increasing population of implantees who use a hearing aid, there are currently no generally accepted fitting methods for this configuration. It is not practical to fit current com..

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Awarded by Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship of the European Commission

Funding Acknowledgements

The Bionics Institute acknowledges the support it receives from the Victorian Government through its Operational Infrastructure Support Program.Tom Francart was sponsored by a Post Doctoral Fellowship of the Fund for Scientific Research of the Flemish Government and a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship of the European Commission, grant agreement number PIOF-GA-2009 252730.