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ERIC Number: EJ944803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
Bimodal Hearing and Speech Perception with a Competing Talker
Pyschny, Verena; Landwehr, Markus; Hahn, Moritz; Walger, Martin; von Wedel, Hasso; Meister, Hartmut
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v54 n5 p1400-1415 Oct 2011
Purpose: The objective of the study was to investigate the influence of bimodal stimulation upon hearing ability for speech recognition in the presence of a single competing talker. Method: Speech recognition was measured in 3 listening conditions: hearing aid (HA) alone, cochlear implant (CI) alone, and both devices together (CI + HA). To examine the use of low-frequency cues, the competing masker voice was manipulated with respect to fundamental frequency (F0) and formant frequencies. Twelve implanted adults were included in the study. Results: Group results revealed only a relatively small benefit of CI + HA compared with the CI alone. A detailed analysis of errors, which was assumed to be an indicator for the release from masking, revealed that this benefit was not attributed to improved target-masker segregation. The variable determined to be responsible for segregating target and masker talkers was a large difference in F0 of the voices. This held true for all CI alone, HA alone, and CI + HA listening conditions. Conclusions: Bimodal hearing improved overall speech recognition of both the target and the masker. No evidence for better target-masker separation with bimodal fitting could be found.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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