The pitch of amplitude-modulated electrical stimuli in cochlear implantees [Abstract]
AuthorMcKay, Colette M.; McDermott, Hugh J.; Clark, Graeme M.
Source TitleThird International Cochlear Implant Conference
Document TypeConference Item
CitationsMcKay, C. M., McDermott, H. J., & Clark, G. M. (1993). The pitch of amplitude-modulated electrical stimuli in cochlear implantees [Abstract]. In Third International Cochlear Implant Conference.
Access StatusOpen Access
The ability of cochlear implantees to detect amplitude modulation of pulsatile electrical stimulation, suggests that some speech feature information may be conveyed effectively by this means. For example, modulations at the fundamental frequency of speech may provide a voice pitch percept to implantees, particularly in speech processing strategies which generate constant-rate stimulation. The pitch evoked by sinusoidally modulated current pulse trains on a single electrodes has been studied. Modulation frequencies of 100, 150 and 200Hz, and carrier pulse rates varying from 200 to 1200Hz, were used. The results showed that the pitch of the stimulation was related to the modulation frequency, provided that either the carrier rate was a multiple of the modulation frequency, or the carrier rate was sufficiently high (at least four times the modulation frequency for the stimuli studied here). Furthermore, when the modulated stimuli were matched in pitch to non-modulated pulse trains, it was. found that the rate of the matched non-modulated stimuli was close to but somewhat higher than the modulation frequency. This difference depended on the carrier rate and varied among subjects.
Keywordsotolaryngology; cochlear implants; pitch modulation
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