Voice gender differences and separation of simultaneous talkers in cochlear implant users with residual hearing

Anisa S. Visram, Karolina Kluk, Colette M. McKay

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    Abstract

    Perception of a target voice in the presence of a competing talker, of same or different gender as the target, was investigated in cochlear implant users, in implant-alone and bimodal (acoustic hearing in the non-implanted ear) conditions. Recordings of two male and two female talkers acted as targets and maskers, to investigate whether bimodal benefit increased for different compared to same gender target/maskers due to increased ability to perceive and utilize fundamental frequency and spectral-shape differences. In both listening conditions participants showed benefit of target/masker gender difference. There was an overall bimodal benefit, which was independent of target/masker gender difference. © 2012 Acoustical Society of America.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)EL135-EL141
    JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
    Volume132
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

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