Training of Cochlear Implant Users to Improve Pitch Perception in the Presence of Competing Place Cues
Andrew Vandali, David Sly, Robert Cowan, Richard van Hoesel
EAR AND HEARING | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2015
OBJECTIVES: Perception of musical pitch in cochlear implant (CI) systems is relatively poor compared with normal hearing and can be adversely affected by changes in spectral timbre coded by stimulation place. In this study, we evaluated whether the perception of musical pitch could be improved through specific training designed to teach listeners to attend to fundamental frequency (F0) exclusively for judgment of pitch and to spectral envelope exclusively for discrimination of spectral timbre. DESIGN: A computer-based training program to improve musical pitch perception was developed that required listeners to match acoustic patterns of pitch and spectral timbre to visual patterns. Ten adult..View full abstract
This research was supported by the HEARing CRC, established under the Cooperative Research Centres Program-an Australian Government Initiative. In addition, we acknowledge the support of the Bionics Institute and the support it receives from the Victorian Government through its Operational Infrastructure Support Program.