Journal article

Effect of input compression and input frequency response on music perception in cochlear implant users

Emily R Halliwell, Linor L Jones, Matthew Fraser, Morag Lockley, Penelope Hill-Feltham, Colette M McKay

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AUDIOLOGY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: A study was conducted to determine whether modifications to input compression and input frequency response characteristics can improve music-listening satisfaction in cochlear implant users. DESIGN: Experiment 1 compared three pre-processed versions of music and speech stimuli in a laboratory setting: original, compressed, and flattened frequency response. Music excerpts comprised three music genres (classical, country, and jazz), and a running speech excerpt was compared. Experiment 2 implemented a flattened input frequency response in the speech processor program. In a take-home trial, participants compared unaltered and flattened frequency responses. STUDY SAMPLE: Ten and twelv..

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The authors report no conflicts of interest. The research was financially supported by the University of Manchester. The Bionics Institute acknowledges the support it receives from the Victorian Gover (c) nment, Australia, through its Operational Infrastructure Support Program.