The effects of cochlear implant use on voice parameters

K. H. Kirk, B. J. Edgerton

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All four implant patients demonstrated an improvement in voice parameters with cochlear implant use. In general, fundamental frequency and relative intensity were the parameters that showed the most change perceptually and acoustically. The results for these four patients cannot be generalized to all implant patients. At the present time it is not known how many implant patients produce voice parameters that differ with implant use. Pre- and postimplant voice samples are currently being compared to determine whether differences can be perceived. Further study is needed with implant patients in whom differences can be perceived. These differences in voice parameters between the unaided and cochlear implant conditions can then be compared to determine whether the trends demonstrated for the male and female patients in this study will continue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-292
Number of pages12
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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