A relation between electrode discrimination and amplitude modulation detection by cochlear implant listeners

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The objective of this study was to examine the relation between measures of spectral and temporal resolutions in cochlear implant listeners at a particular electrode location. The hypothesis was that a common underlying factor, such as the health of local groups of neurons, might partially determine patients' sensitivity to both spectral and temporal cues at specific tonotopic locations. Participants were adult cochlear implant listeners. A significant correlation was found between electrode discrimination measured at soft levels (20% and 30% of the dynamic range) and modulation sensitivity at those levels, for stimulation in bipolar mode and a 100 Hz modulation rate. Correlations between the two measures were weaker under monopolar stimulation, or when the modulation rate was 10 Hz. At a higher stimulation level (40% of the dynamic range), no significant correlations between these measures were observed. It is hypothesized that the more restricted excitation pattern at lower levels and/or with a narrower stimulation mode allows the measurement of locally driven sensitivity to spectral and temporal cues, particularly under more challenging listening conditions. Thus, psychophysical measures obtained under conditions that evoke a narrower excitation pattern may serve as a useful indicator of the functional health of local neural populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-426
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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