The objective of the study was to compare the widths of forward masking profiles in subjects implanted with the Nucleus® 24 Contour™ or straight electrode array. The Contour array is typically positioned closer to the modiolus than the straight array. Subjects were fourteen postlingually hearing-impaired adults with severe-profound hearing loss, seven used the Contour array and seven used the straight array. Forward masking profiles were measured at three positions along the array (apical, mid, and basal) using maskers at the 15% loudness level. It was hypothesized that masking profile widths would be more sensitive to differences in distance from the neural structures using low-level maskers. Masking width was calculated at the 50% point of the masking peak amplitude. There were no significant differences in masking widths between Contour and straight array subject groups. Current levels for hearing thresholds and maximum comfortable listening levels were significantly lower for the Contour array subjects.
- Cochlear implants
- Forward masking
- Nucleus contour electrode array
- Spread of neural excitation