Band importance functions estimate the relative contribution of individual acoustic frequency bands to speech intelligibility. Previous studies of band importance in listeners with cochlear implants have used experimental maps and direct stimulation. Here, band importance was estimated for clinical maps with acoustic stimulation. Listeners with cochlear implants had band importance functions that relied more heavily on lower frequencies and showed less cross-listener consistency than in listeners with normal hearing. The intersubject variability observed here indicates that averaging band importance functions across listeners with cochlear implants, as has been done in previous studies, may not be meaningful. Additionally, band importance functions of listeners with normal hearing for vocoded speech that either did or did not simulate spread of excitation were not different from one another, suggesting that additional factors beyond spread of excitation are necessary to account for changes in band importance in listeners with cochlear implants.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Acoustics and Ultrasonics