Mixed stimulation rates to improve sensitivity of interaural timing differences in bilateral cochlear implant listeners

Tanvi Thakkar, Alan Kan, Heath G. Jones, Ruth Y. Litovsky

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Abstract

Normal hearing listeners extract small interaural time differences (ITDs) and interaural level differences (ILDs) to locate sounds and segregate targets from noise. Bilateral cochlear implant listeners show poor sensitivity to ITDs when using clinical processors. This is because common clinical stimulation approaches use high rates [∼1000 pulses per-second (pps)] for each electrode in order to provide good speech representation, but sensitivity to ITDs is best at low rates of stimulation (∼100-300 pps). Mixing rates of stimulation across the array is a potential solution. Here, ITD sensitivity for a number of mixed-rate configurations that were designed to preserve speech envelope cues using high-rate stimulation and spatial hearing using low rate stimulation was examined. Results showed that ITD sensitivity in mixed-rate configurations when only one low rate electrode was included generally yielded ITD thresholds comparable to a configuration with low rates only. Low rate stimulation at basal or middle regions on the electrode array yielded the best sensitivity to ITDs. This work provides critical evidence that supports the use of mixed-rate strategies for improving ITD sensitivity in bilateral cochlear implant users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1428-1440
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume143
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

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