Studies of prosody perception by cochlear implant patients
AuthorRichardson, Louise M.; Busby, Peter A.; Blamey, Peter J.; Clark, Graeme M.
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsRichardson, L. M., Busby, P. A., Blamey, P. J., & Clark, G. M. (1998). Studies of prosody perception by cochlear implant patients. Audiology, 37, 231-245.
Access StatusThis item is currently not available from this repository
Copyright confirmation in progress. Any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Prosodic information is conveyed to normally-hearing listeners by variations in acoustic fundamental frequency, amplitude envelope, and duration of speech segments. This study measured cochlear implant patients' sensitivity to these parameters in electrically coded speech. The psychophysical discrimination of electric parameters used to code prosodic information, were examined, together with prosody perception using speech processing strategies which modified the contributions of these parameters. Patients were implanted with the Cochlear Limited prosthesis and used the MPEAK speech processing strategy. In the psychophysical studies, difference limens were measured for steady-state and time-varying stimuli, of different pulse rates and pulse durations, over a series of different stimulus durations. These limens were obtained using an adaptive procedure which converged on the 50 per cent correct point. In the prosody perception studies, performance was measured for the MPEAK strategy and for strategies which modified the contributions of pulse rate and pulse duration. Data were collected for five tests of prosodic contrasts. Difference limens for steady-state pulse rates were larger at higher rates (17 per cent at 400 pulses/s) than at lower rates (6 per cent at 100 pulses/s). For some patients, limens for the time-varying pulse rates were larger than those for the steady-state pulse rates while for the other patients, the limens were similar. Difference limens for pulse duration were 0.3 dB, corresponding to 4 per cent of the dynamic range, for steady-state stimuli and doubled in size for the time-varying stimuli. Prosody perception performance was generally poorer for the modified strategies than for the MPEAK strategy, suggesting that the removal of information coded by pulse rate and pulse duration reduced the perception of prosodic contrasts.
Keywordsotolaryngology; cochlear implant; prosody; psychophysics speech perception
- Click on "Export Reference in RIS Format" and choose "open with... Endnote".
- Click on "Export Reference in RIS Format". Login to Refworks, go to References => Import References
- Graeme Clark Collection