Bilateral cochlear implant users often have difficulty fusing sounds from the two ears into a single percept. However, measuring fusion can be difficult, particularly with cochlear implant users who may have no reference for a fully fused percept. As a first step to address this, this study examined how localization performance of normal hearing subjects relates to binaural fusion. The stimuli were vocoded speech tokens with various interaural mismatches. The results reveal that the percentage of stimuli perceived as fused was correlated with localization performance, suggesting that changes in localization performance can serve as an indicator for binaural fusion changes.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Acoustics and Ultrasonics