Pattern recognition and masking in cochlear implant patients
AuthorBlamey, P. J.; Dooley, G. J.
Source TitleNatural and artificial control of hearing and balance
PublisherElsevier Science Publishers
University of Melbourne Author/sBlamey, Peter
Document TypeBook Chapter
CitationsBlamey, P. J., & Dooley, G. J. (1993). Pattern recognition and masking in cochlear implant patients. In J. H. J. Allam, D. J. Allam-Mecklenburg & F. Harris (Ed.), Natural and artificial control of hearing and balance, pp. 271-278. New York: Elsevier Science Publishers.
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Series: Progress in Brain Research
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Studies of the temporal course of masking using pulsatile electrical stimulation provide a sensitive new technique for the investigation of central pattern recognition. The masked threshold for a single-pulse probe was studied for several different maskers as a function of the time between the probe and the start of the masker. These experiments showed the gradual development of a temporal pattern in the masked thresholds as the number of pulses in the masker was increased. For a 210 msec masker with pulses at 10 msec intervals, both backward and forward masking thresholds showed a well-defined peak at times 10 msec before and after the masker. Probe pulses presented at these times were probably perceived to be part of the masker pattern and therefore were not easily identified as probe pulses. This conclusion was confirmed by using a masker with pulses at 20 msec intervals. Only backward masking was tested, and the results showed a peak approximately 20 msec before the start of the masker, fitting in with the temporal pattern of the masker.
Keywordsmasking; cochlear implant; pattern recognition
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