Effect of cochlear implant n-of-m strategy on signal-to-noise ratio below which noise hinders speech recognition

Lucas Stam, S. Theo Goverts, Cas Smits

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Speech recognition was measured in 24 normal-hearing subjects for unprocessed speech and for speech processed by a cochlear implant Advanced Combination Encoder (ACE) coding strategy in quiet and at various signal-to noise ratios (SNRs). All signals were low- or high-pass filtered to avoid ceiling effects. Surprisingly, speech recognition performance plateaus at approximately 22 dB SNR for both speech types, implying that ACE processing has no effect on the upper limit of the effective SNR range. Speech recognition improved significantly above 15 dB SNR, suggesting that the upper limit used in the Speech Intelligibility Index should be reconsidered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)EL417-EL422
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

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