Determining the minimum number of electrodes that need to be pitch matched to accurately estimate pitch matches across the array

Julia Stelmach, David M. Landsberger, Monica Padilla, Justin M. Aronoff

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Abstract

Objective: With bilateral cochlear implant (CI) users there is typically a place mismatch between the locations stimulated by the left and right electrode arrays. This mismatch can affect performance, potentially limiting binaural benefits. One way to address this is by perceptually realigning the arrays such that a given frequency in the input stimulates perceptually matched locations in the two ears. A clinically feasible technique is needed that can determine the appropriate perceptual alignment. A pitch matching task can potentially be used for this, but only if it can be performed in a clinically feasible amount of time. The objective of this study was to determine the minimal number of electrodes that need to be pitch matched to accurately determine pitch matches across the entire array. Design: A retrospective analysis of pitch matching data was conducted. Subsets of pitch matches were selected and the predicted pitch matching across the array was compared to that predicted by the full dataset. Study sample: 16 bilateral CI users. Results: The results indicated that nine pitch matches are sufficient, which can typically be obtained in approximately 7 min. Conclusion: The results reveal a clinically feasible method for determining pitch matches across the array.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)894-899
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Volume56
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2017

Keywords

  • Cochlear implants
  • anatomy & physiology
  • bilateral cochlear implants
  • instrumentation
  • pitch matching
  • psychoacoustics/hearing science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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