Speech Intelligibility in Noise With a Single-Unit Cochlear Implant Audio Processor.

Wimmer, Wilhelm; Caversaccio, Marco; Kompis, Martin (2015). Speech Intelligibility in Noise With a Single-Unit Cochlear Implant Audio Processor. Otology & neurotology, 36(7), pp. 1197-1202. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/MAO.0000000000000775

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INTRODUCTION The Rondo is a single-unit cochlear implant (CI) audio processor comprising the identical components as its behind-the-ear predecessor, the Opus 2. An interchange of the Opus 2 with the Rondo leads to a shift of the microphone position toward the back of the head. This study aimed to investigate the influence of the Rondo wearing position on speech intelligibility in noise. METHODS Speech intelligibility in noise was measured in 4 spatial configurations with 12 experienced CI users using the German adaptive Oldenburg sentence test. A physical model and a numerical model were used to enable a comparison of the observations. RESULTS No statistically significant differences of the speech intelligibility were found in the situations in which the signal came from the front and the noise came from the frontal, ipsilateral, or contralateral side. The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) was significantly better with the Opus 2 in the case with the noise presented from the back (4.4 dB, p < 0.001). The differences in the SNR were significantly worse with the Rondo processors placed further behind the ear than closer to the ear. CONCLUSION The study indicates that CI users with the receiver/stimulator implanted in positions further behind the ear are expected to have higher difficulties in noisy situations when wearing the single-unit audio processor.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders (ENT)
10 Strategic Research Centers > ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research > ARTORG Center - Image Guided Therapy > ARTORG Center - Artificial Hearing Research

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Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB)

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Wimmer, Wilhelm; Caversaccio, Marco and Kompis, Martin


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Lippincott Williams & Wilkins




Wilhelm Wimmer

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04 Jun 2015 07:36

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26 Nov 2015 14:10

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